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Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution

Ray Jackendoff


This book surveys the last thirty-five years of research in generative linguistics and related fields and offers a new understanding of how language, the brain, and perception intermesh. The book renews the conclusions of early generative linguistics: that language can be a valuable entrée into understanding the human mind and brain. The approach is interdisciplinary. The book proposes that the creativity of language derives from multiple parallel generative systems linked by interface components. This shift in basic architecture allows for a reconception of mental grammar and how it is learne ... More

Keywords: generative linguistics, cognitive psychology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, computational linguistics, language processing, perception, syntax, lexicon, semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198270126
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ray Jackendoff, author
co-director, Dan Dennett Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University