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 Introduction: Nativism Past and Present

Tom Simpson, Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

in The Innate Mind: Structure and Contents

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195179675
eISBN:
9780199869794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This introductory chapter reviews some of the debates in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary theory, and other cognitive sciences that provide a background for the topics with which ... More


Innateness and Moral Psychology *

Shaun Nichols

in The Innate Mind: Structure and Contents

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195179675
eISBN:
9780199869794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that the recent attempts to use Chomsky-style arguments in support of innate moral knowledge are uniformly unconvincing. The chapter proceeds as follows: Section 1 sets out the ... More


How argument structure constructions are learned 1

Adele Goldberg

in Constructions at Work: The Nature of Generalization in Language

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199268511
eISBN:
9780191708428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268511.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

Advances to our understanding of statistical learning mechanisms were not envisioned in the 1960s when the notion that critical aspects of grammar were unlearnable became dogma in the field of ... More


Connectionism and Three Levels of Nativism

William Ramsey and Stephen Stich

in Collected Papers, Volume 1: Mind and Language, 1972–2010

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199734108
eISBN:
9780190267513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734108.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter explores the relation between connectionism and Chomsky's arguments for the existence of innate knowledge. Along the way, it proposes to defend a pair of interrelated conclusions. The ... More


The Unity of Consciousness and the Consciousness of Unity

Thomas G. Bever

in On Concepts, Modules, and Language: Cognitive Science at Its Core

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190464783
eISBN:
9780190464806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190464783.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Every language-learning child eventually automatically segments the organization of word sequences into natural units. Within the natural units, processing of normal conversation reveals a disconnect ... More


Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini and Robert C. Berwick (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199590339
eISBN:
9780191745041
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590339.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This book addresses one of the most famous and controversial arguments in the study of language and mind, the Poverty of the Stimulus (POS). Presented by Chomsky in 1968, the argument holds that ... More


Moral Empiricism

Shaun Nichols

in Rational Rules: Towards a Theory of Moral Learning

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198869153
eISBN:
9780191905667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198869153.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Is morality prewired into our minds? The idea that morality is built into us is an old one in philosophy, and it has seen a resurgence of late. Indeed, the prevailing systematic account of how we ... More


Epilogue: Analytic Study of the Tadoma Method—Language Abilities of Three Deaf‐Blind Subjects *

Carol Chomsky

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199590339
eISBN:
9780191745041
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590339.003.0017
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter presents one of Carol Chomsky's classic papers, which encompasses the title of the present volume — the idea that children develop rich grammars from poor inputs. The paper reports a ... More


Every Child an Isolate: Nature's Experiments in Language Learning

Lila Gleitman and Barbara Landau

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199590339
eISBN:
9780191745041
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590339.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Drawing upon the work of Carol Chomsky, this chapter focuses on two specific issues. The first concerns the robustness of language acquisition to variability in learners' access to input that appear ... More


From Skills to Norms

Kim Sterelny

in The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262016797
eISBN:
9780262302814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016797.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter has three objectives. First, it critiques moral nativism, especially the version that is modelled on Chomsky’s linguistic nativism, showing that moral nativists massively understate the ... More


Every Child an Isolate: Nature’s Experiments in Language Learning

Lila R. Gleitman and Barbara Landau

in Sentence First, Arguments Afterward: Essays in Language and Learning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780199828098
eISBN:
9780197510438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199828098.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter reviews several studies revealing the robustness of language acquisition to variability in learners’ access to input that would seem crucial to the function being acquired. It also ... More


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