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Language, Syntax, and the Natural Sciences

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Ángel J. Gallego, Roger Martin, Tonia Bleam, Norbert Hornstein, Francisco Ordóñez, Howard Lasnik, Ricardo Etxepare, Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria, Esther Torrego, Ian Roberts, Jairo Nunes, Wolfram Hinzen, Pablo Bustos, Juan Romero, Paul Pietroski, William Idsardi, David Lightfoot, Carlos P. Otero, Sergio Balari, Antonio Benítez-Burraco, Marta Camps, Víctor M. Longa, Guillermo Lorenzo, Cedric Boeckx, Constantina Theofanopoulou, Douglas Saddy, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, David Medeiros, Noam Chomsky
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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107152946

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  • Language, apart from its cultural and social dimension, has a scientific side that is connected not only to the study of 'grammar' in a more or less traditional sense, but also to disciplines like mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. This book explores developments in linguistic theory, looking in particular at the theory of generative grammar from the perspective of the natural sciences. It highlights the complex and dynamic nature of language, suggesting that a comprehensive and full understanding of such a species-specific property will only be achieved through interdisciplinary work.

    • Presents an up-to-date sketch of some of the most important results concerning the theoretical study of human language syntax
    • Complements social and cultural-based approaches to language, proving a solid understanding of its scientific underpinnings
    • Discusses multiple scientific disciplines and their connection to language, including neurology, physics, cybernetics, physics and mathematics
    • Features essays from outstanding specialists in the field, including the highly influential linguist Noam Chomsky
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    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107152946
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ángel J. Gallego and Roger Martin
    Part I. The Computational Component:
    1. Deriving multiple 'object' constructions Tonia Bleam and Norbert Hornstein
    2. Verbal complex formation and overt subjects in infinitival complexes in Romance Francisco Ordóñez
    3. Two families of questions Howard Lasnik
    4. Context sensitive aspects of constituent negation Ricardo Etxepare and Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria
    5. Phasehood and Romance adverbial because-clauses Esther Torrego
    6. No-choice parameters, phi-features and the structure of DP Ian Roberts
    Part II. Interfaces:
    7. Linearizing chains at LF Jairo Nunes
    8. On the rationality of grammar Wolfram Hinzen
    9. The warped forge Pablo Bustos and Juan Romero
    10. Limiting semantic types Paul Pietroski
    11. Why is phonology different? No recursion William Idsardi
    12. Nothing in linguistics makes sense except in the light of change David Lightfoot
    13. Neurology and experience: the language organ and externalization Carlos P. Otero
    Part III. Linguistics and Other Sciences:
    14. My head's in knots: on Uriagereka's generalization and the knot-sentence connection Sergio Balari, Antonio Benítez-Burraco, Marta Camps, Víctor M. Longa and Guillermo Lorenzo
    15. (Neural) syntax Cedric Boeckx and Constantina Theofanopoulou
    16. Syntax and uncertainty Douglas Saddy
    17. The Golden phrase: steps to the physics of language Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini and David Medeiros
    18. Science, mind, and limits of understanding Noam Chomsky.

  • Editors

    Ángel J. Gallego, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    Ángel J. Gallego is Professor Agregat at the Departament de Filologia Espanyola of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

    Roger Martin, Yokohama National University, Japan
    Roger Martin is Associate Professor in the Department of Information Media and Environment Sciences at Yokohama National University, Japan.

    Contributors

    Ángel J. Gallego, Roger Martin, Tonia Bleam, Norbert Hornstein, Francisco Ordóñez, Howard Lasnik, Ricardo Etxepare, Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria, Esther Torrego, Ian Roberts, Jairo Nunes, Wolfram Hinzen, Pablo Bustos, Juan Romero, Paul Pietroski, William Idsardi, David Lightfoot, Carlos P. Otero, Sergio Balari, Antonio Benítez-Burraco, Marta Camps, Víctor M. Longa, Guillermo Lorenzo, Cedric Boeckx, Constantina Theofanopoulou, Douglas Saddy, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, David Medeiros, Noam Chomsky

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