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Why Only Us

Language and Evolution

Why Only Us( )
Author: Berwick, Robert C.
Chomsky, Noam
ISBN:978-0-262-53349-2
Publication Date:May 2017
Publisher:MIT Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $15.95
Book Description:

Berwick and Chomsky draw on recent developments in linguistic theory to offer an evolutionary account of language and humans' remarkable, species-specific ability to acquire it.

"A loosely connected collection of four essays that will fascinate anyone interested in the extraordinary phenomenon of language." -- New York Review of Books

We are born crying, but those cries signal the first stirring of language. Within a year or so,...
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Book Details
Pages:224
Detailed Subjects: Science / Life Sciences / Evolution
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
Science / Cognitive Science
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.421 x 7.878 x 0.596 Inches
Book Weight:0.568 Pounds
Author Biography
Berwick, Robert C. (Author)
Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community.

Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics.

Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War.

Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).

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