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A Grammar as a Theory of Linguistic Reality

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues against Chomsky’s view that linguistics is a branch of psychology, and hence concerns a psychological reality: the speaker’s linguistic competence. With the help of three quite ... More


Introduction

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

In Chomsky’s view, linguistics is about a psychological state, the speaker’s knowledge of language which constitutes her linguistic competence. This knowledge is said to underlie her linguistic ... More


A Case for the Psychological Reality of Language

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter begins with the popular “Representational Theory of the Mind” (RTM), according to which a thought involves a mental representation. It then follows Fodor in arguing for the controversial ... More


Ignorance of Language

Michael Devitt

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Is Chomsky right about the psychological reality of language? What is linguistics about? What role should linguistic intuitions play in constructing grammars? What is innate about language? Is there ... More


Thought Before Language

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Starting from the appealing folk idea that “language expresses thought”, this chapter argues that the psychological reality of language should be investigated from a perspective on thought. The idea ... More


The Notion of the Morphome

Paul O'Neill

in Morphological Autonomy: Perspectives From Romance Inflectional Morphology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199589982
eISBN:
9780191728884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589982.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter deals with the notion of the morphome as originally proposed by Aronoff (1994) and refined by Maiden (2005). The chapter investigates two questions: (a) to what extent is the concept of ... More


Some Final Thoughts

Stanley B. Klein

in The Two Selves: Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199349968
eISBN:
9780199369454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199349968.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology

In Chapter 6 I summarize the points made in previous chapters. I also appeal for a more inclusive approach to the empirical study of psychological reality – an approach that considers all aspects of ... More


Free Will: Belief and Reality

Roy F. Baumeister, Cory Clark, and Jamie Luguri

in Surrounding Free Will: Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199333950
eISBN:
9780199393848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333950.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

This chapter examines several lines of research on free will, beginning with belief in free will. Some studies examine the effects of belief in free will. How much people believe in free will has ... More


Morphomic structures in synchrony and diachrony

Martin Maiden

in The Romance Verb: Morphomic Structure and Diachrony

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780199660216
eISBN:
9780191800375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199660216.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

The chapter discusses in further detail the nature of morphomes and of morphomic structure, demonstrating the crucial role played by diachronic data in diagnosing the psychological reality of ... More


Some lessons from history: Morphomes in diachrony

Martin Maiden

in The Morphome Debate

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198702108
eISBN:
9780191771804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702108.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This is a reflection on the implications of several years of detailed research on the historical inflectional morphology of the Romance verb, studying in particular the origins, diachronic ... More


A Tall Tale: In Defence of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism

Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore

in Liberating Content

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199641338
eISBN:
9780191813498
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641338.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter sets out to defend semantic minimalism. Semantic minimalism holds inter alia that there are relatively few context-sensitive expressions (essentially just the obvious cases involving ... More


Prediction, Production, Priming, and imPlicit learning:: A framework for psycholinguistics

Gary S. Dell and Audrey K. Kittredge

in Language Down the Garden Path: The Cognitive and Biological Basis for Linguistic Structures

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199677139
eISBN:
9780191756368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677139.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

Psycholinguistics is the study of language acquisition, comprehension, and production. Traditionally, one studied these aspects of linguistic performance to determine the extent to which they ... More


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