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Language and Mind 3rd Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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good book to have this book,
Since it is a new knowledge area I am struggling to comprehend it, " outside the scope my area of expertise" .
It is a shame a product of such low quality (font-wise, not content-wise, obviously) is being sold for $15. Parts of the font are not visible, so it is difficult to read.Published on February 27, 2011 by OZ
It's a basic text for the students of social sciences, though not for beginers.Published on March 8, 2007 by Luiz F. M. Lima
This work covers Chomsky's theory of the nature of language over the last 50 years, bringing it up to date with a new chapter on his latest ideas. Read morePublished on February 6, 2006 by Son of Diogenes