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Michael Devitt

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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Some Possible Positions on Psychological Reality

Some Possible Positions on Psychological Reality

(p.45) 3 Some Possible Positions on Psychological Reality
Ignorance of Language

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This chapter describes possible positions on psychological reality, on linguistic competence, that vary according to whether or not the rules of the language are embodied in the mind; to whether or not some processing rules for language are represented in the mind; and to whether or not some processing rules operate on metalinguistic representations of syntactic and semantic properties of linguistic items. The uncontroversial minimal position — committed only to there being a psychological reality that “respects” the linguistic rules — is the most that can be sustained without some powerful psychological assumption that is independent of anything revealed by the grammar of a language.

Keywords:   linguistic competence, embodied rules, represented rules, processing rules, Representational Thesis, RT, respecting rules, minimal position, grammar

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