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Ignorance of Language

Michael Devitt


Is Chomsky right about the psychological reality of language? What is linguistics about? What role should linguistic intuitions play in constructing grammars? What is innate about language? Is there “a language faculty”? The book gives controversial answers to such questions: that linguistics is about linguistic reality and not part of psychology; that linguistic rules are not represented in the mind; that speakers are largely ignorant of their language; that speakers’ intuitions do not reflect information supplied by the language faculty and are not the main evidence for grammars; that though ... More

Keywords: Chomsky, psychological reality, linguistic intuitions, innateness, language faculty, linguistic reality, representation of linguistic rules, language processing, idiolects

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199250960.001.0001


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Michael Devitt, author
City University of New York
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