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Table Of Contents

Introduction
Linguistics as a science
Modularity
Competence and performance
Natural language and the language of thought
Knowledge of language
The lexicon
Knowledge of language: structure
Knowledge of language: structural relations
Levels of representation
Constituents and rules
Deep structure
Description versus explanation
Government and Binding theory
Empty categories
The status of transformations
Principles and parameters
Lexical and functional categories
Minimalism
A historical progression
Evolution
Causality and observability
Psychological reality and the nature of evidence
Language processing
Language acquisition (Plato’s problem)
Language pathology
Connectionism: the behaviorists strike back
4 Philosophical realism: commitments and controversies
Commitments
Controversies
Language and the world
Language and the community
Language and the individual
Problems of semantics
Innateness
UniWcation and reduction
Conclusions
Explanation and dissent: the common threads
Rationality, modularity, and creativity
The anarchist background
The critique of (American) foreign policy
The critique of domestic policy
The critique of media control
The technique of dissection
Moral absolutes and options for the future
The positive program
Conclusion
Envoi
Notes and references
Bibliography
Index
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Chomsky Ideas and Ideals--Neil Smith

Chomsky Ideas and Ideals--Neil Smith

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