The Chomskian revolution in linguistics gave rise to a new orthodoxy about mind and language. Michael Devitt throws down a provocative challenge to that orthodoxy. What is linguistics about? What role should linguistic intuitions play in constructing grammars? What is innate about language? Is there a "language faculty?" These questions are crucial to our developing understanding of ourselves; Michael Devitt offers refreshingly original answers. He argues that linguistics is about linguistic reality and is not part of ...

Ignorance of Language 2008, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780199250974

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Ignorance of Language 2006, Clarendon Press, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199250967