- Series: Oxford India Paperbacks
- Paperback: 89 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (August 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019568446X
- ISBN-13: 978-0195684469
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Architecture of Language (Oxford India Paperbacks)
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About the Author
Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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I think that if you have not had a background regarding Chomsky's views on linguistics, language acquisition, and his philosophical approach to cognition this is truly a great read. It is a read as he is addressing a crowd that often asks basic questions and he speaks to them. So, instead of the theoretical frameworks and philosophies that are presented in academic literature (pertaining to his views on how language is constructed) we are able to read a gentler version here in this 76 pager.
Really - it's a great introduction into the linguistic Chomsky. I think that you may need to follow up with more of the academic literature available but again, as a springboard it's a perfect jumping point.
Caution: This is not Steve Pinker like. This is not a read just anyone off the street will find themselves submerged within. You will need to have an interest in learning, language acquisition, or simply be an eclectic reader that enjoys journeys down new and unfamiliar reads. If you just started an MA in Applied Linguistics or TESOL this may be quite helpful in getting your head around a few of his ideas, which you will come across (I imagine) during your studies.
Great "specialist" book.