The primacy of grammar / Nirmalangshu Mukherji.
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- Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010.
1 online resource (299 p.)
Language and languages -- Philosophy.
- Biolinguistics - especially the work of Noam Chomsky - suggests that the design of language may be 'perfect': language is an optimal solution to conditions of sound and meaning. What is the scope of this inquiry? Which aspect of nature does this science investigate? This book is a study of such foundational questions.
- The loneliness of biolinguistics. Some classical issues
Limits of cognitive inquiry
Overview of biolinguistics
Language and biology
A body of doctrines
A mind-internal system
Linguistic theory I. Russell's scope problem
Principles and parameters
Grammar and scope problem
Grammar and logic. Chinese room
PFR and SFR
LF and logical form
Truth and meaning
Limits of formal semantics
Syntax of thought?
Words and concepts. "Incompleteness" of grammar
Nature of lexical inquiry
Linguistic theory II. Minimalist program
Merge and syntax
Merge and semantics
Chl and linguistic specificity
Language and music. Musilanguage hypothesis
What the evidence means
Strong musilanguage hypothesis
Music and meaning
Themes from Wittgenstein
Music and emotions
Recursion in music
A joint of nature. Merge and music
Faculty of music
"Laws of nature"
Forms of explanation
Scope of computationalism.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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