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0.Chomsky Ideas and Ideals by Neil Smith

0.Chomsky Ideas and Ideals by Neil Smith

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The best book I've read,Resumes all the Chomskyan Revolution in Linguistics-Enjoy it-
The best book I've read,Resumes all the Chomskyan Revolution in Linguistics-Enjoy it-

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Chomsky
Ideas and Ideals
Noam Chomsky is one of the leading intellectual
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gures of moderntimes. He has had a major in
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uence on linguistics, psychology, andphilosophy, and a signi
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ect on a range of other disciplines fromanthropology to mathematics, education to literary criticism.In this rigorous yet accessible account of Chomsky’s work andin
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uence,NeilSmithanalyzesChomsky’skeycontributionstothestudyof language and the study of mind. He gives a detailed and partlyhistorical exposition of Chomsky’s linguistic theorizing, and examinesthe ideas (from deep and surface structure to the economy con-siderations of the Minimalist Program) for which he is best known.Smith discusses the psychological and philosophical implications of Chomsky’swork,andarguesthathehasfundamentallychangedthewaywe think of ourselves, gaining a position in the history of ideas on a parwith that of Darwin or Descartes. Finally, he examines Chomsky’spolitical ideas and how these
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t intellectually with his scholarly work.Smith argues that, despite Chomsky’s own disavowal of any very closeconnection, there are fundamental ideas of rationality, creativity, andmodularity that draw together the disparate strands of his vast output.Throughout, Smith explores the controversy surrounding Chomsky’swork, and explains why he has been both adulated and vili
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ed.This much needed book will be welcomed by a wide range of readers:students and researchers in linguistics, philosophy, psychology, cog-nitive science, and politics, and anyone with an interest in the impact of Chomsky’s work.N
eil
S
mith
is ProfessorandHeadofLinguisticsatUniversityCollegeLondon. He is the author of 
An Outline Grammar of Nupe
(
1967
);
The Acquisition of Phonology
(
1973
);
Modern Linguistics: the Results of Chom-sky’s Revolution
(with Deirdre Wilson,
1979
);
The Twitter Machine:Re
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ections on Language
(
1989
);
The Mind of a Savan
(with IanthiTsimpli,
1995
),andhehaseditedavolumeon
 MutualKnowledge
(
1982
).In addition, Neil Smith has published around one hundred essays,articlesandreviewsina widevarietyofpublications,including
 Journalof Linguistics, Lingua, Journal of Neurolinguistics
, and
Glot International.
 
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