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Language and Mind 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521674935
ISBN-10: 052167493X
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Book Description

This is the third edition of Noam Chomsky's outstanding essays on language and mind, first publshed in 2006. The first six chapters, originally published in the 1960s, made a groundbreaking contribution to linguistic theory. In this edition, two additional chapters review the key issues, raising some novel and exciting challenges for linguistics.

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many books include New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and On Nature and Language (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (January 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052167493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521674935
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Giuseppe C. HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Chomsky can be anesthetizing as a lecturer, so a brief appetizer such as this collection of essays should be chosen ahead of any visual or aural recordings. Don't expect complete clarity, full explanations, or satisfying closure, but do expect provocative insights and deeply resonating ideas that take us ever closer to the center of human consciousness without the religious-mystical jargon. He and Jacques Derrida practically share honors as the two most important thinkers of the last half of the preceding century.

At a time when the rage is "diversity," "multi-culturalism," sectarianism, Balkanization, inviolable walls and boundaries, whether for protection or transgression, both thinkers trace the source of such reductive constructions to linguistic impoverishment, whether externally or internally imposed. Moreover, both offer avenues out of the fixed, repressive syntax and limited, distorted semantics that amount to denials of human birthrights and potentials--God-given or otherwise. Whereas Derrida concentrates on the effects, a close reading of Chomsky will disclose that his actual object is their source, the originating organ itself. In his linguistic theory as well as his politics, the "deep structural" archetypal odyssey is ultimately of the subject seeking to understand itself better as object, of mind in pursuit of itself.
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Now in an updated third edition, Language and Mind presents Linguistics Professor Noam Chomsky's groundbreaking classic essays on linguistic theory. First published in the 1960s, Language and Mind includes the essays "Form and meaning in natural languages"; "The formal nature of language"; "Linguistics and philosophy"; and "Biolinguistics and the human capacity". An index rounds out this scholarly, heavily researched and annotated dissertation of the nuances of long-standing linguistic theoretical questions, problems, discoveries and issues, recommended for college libraries and language studies shelves.
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Whether Chomsky the scientist-linguist (and certainly the politician) appeals to the reader is very much a matter of personal taste, and in this sense a review of Language and Mind would necessarily be more subjective than would usually be the case for a work of non-fiction. My comments here are however directed solely at objective issues raised by the Kindle edition, as this book demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of this marvelous device.

First, would-be purchasers of the Kindle edition are forewarned: this is a horrible copy, a fair deal at perhaps $1, but definitely a bad bargain for the reader at Amazon's $15. The print ink is uneven, well below the standards of any other Kindle material I have purchased; if it had come out of the reader's computer printer, it surely would be accompanied by an "ink is low" message. Furthermore, one can see that it was prepared from a poorly handled paper original which did not always feed evenly into the scanner; episodically, the font balloons and deflates like a sloppy photocopy.

Poor technical quality aside, the format of Chomsky's arguments do not neatly fit the Kindle's capabilities. While this device excels at simple linear (front to back) reading, it is poorly adapted to texts that require continual references to examples on earlier pages, as some non-fiction works do, and as Chomsky's definitely does. This limitation might have been ameliorated had the edition been prepared with greater care, providing easy links to the numerous example sentences the author deposits throughout the book, but this copy is largely a simplistic photocopy rendered in Kindle format. It does not help that Chomsky may refer to "page xx", as Kindle readers are aware that the concept of pagination does not exist in their world.
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It easy to understand and the concept is elaborated with great concern for readers' understanding. It's very useful especially for those who are interested in the field of language acquisition.
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Slow reading if one is not immersed in the science.
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