Special edition collected works of Noam ChomskyEditors: Peter Graff, Coppe van Urk (2012)
Hardcover: 720 pages (black and white), blue cloth cover, with full color dust jacket, ISBN-10: 0615567126, ISBN-13: 978-0615567129
Copyright © 2012 by MIT working papers in linguistics
Subfield: #theory_of_language #syntax
Published I commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the MIT graduate program in linguistics, Chomsky's Linguistics chronicles some of the most important research in generative linguistics by one of the field’s most influential scholars. This special volume collects in one place Noam's Chomsky most influential papers on linguistic theory from the seminal investigation of the relationship between syntax and the lexicon in "Remarks on Nominalization" (1970) to recent work on syntactic derivation in "On Phases" (2006). Chomsky's Linguistics includes eleven papers: Remarks on Nominalization, Filters and Control, A Remark on Contraction, On Binding, A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory, Bare Phrase Structure, Minimalist Inquiries: The Framework, Derivation by Phase, Beyond Explanatory Adequacy, Three Factors in Language Design, On Phases. The book comes with a new foreword by Noam Chomsky and a foreword by Howard Lasnik. It is is around 700 pages, cloth-bound hardcover, with a glossy jacket.
Table of contents
- Remarks on Nominalization
- Originally published in Readings in English Transformational Grammar (1970), ed. by Roderick A. Jacobs and Peter S. Rosenbaum
- Filters and Control
with Howard Lasnik
- Originally published in Linguistic Inquiry Volume 8, Number 3
- A Remark on Contraction
with Howard Lasnik
- Originally published in Linguistic Inquiry Volume 9, Number 2
- On Binding
- Originally published in Linguistic Inquiry Volume 11, Number 1
- A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory
- Originally published as MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics Number 1
- Bare Phrase Structure
- Originally published as MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics Number 5
- Minimalist Inquiries: The Framework
- Originally published as MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics Number 15
- Derivation by Phase
- Originally published as MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics Number 18
- Beyond Explanatory Adequacy
- Originally published in MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics Number 1
- Three Factors in Language Design
- Originally published in Linguistic Inquiry Volume 36, Number 1
- On Phases
- Originally published in Foundational issues in linguistic theory: Essays in honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, ed. by Robert Freidin, Carlos Peregri Otero, and Maroa Luisa Zubizarreta
Praise for Chomsky's Linguistics
- David Crystal
Honorary Professor of Linguistics, Bangor University, and author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language.
- "As I read through the contents of this book, much of my linguistic life flashed before my eyes, and I suspect many linguists will feel the same. It's a splendid way of celebrating a half-century of MIT linguistics."
- W. Tecumseh Fitch
Professor of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, and author of The Evolution of Language.
- "Noam Chomsky's approach to human language fundamentally changed the face of modern linguistics, and played a central role in the creation of the cognitive sciences. Here, for the first time, many of his most seminal works since 1970 are collected in one volume, revealing both the continuity of Chomsky's fundamental explanatory principles, and a bold willingness to adapt his theories when the data demand it. These papers are by no means of mere historical significance: in many respects they remain relevant at the cutting-edge of linguistics today. Everyone interested in Noam Chomsky's insights into the nature of language will want this book."
- Steven Pinker
Harvard College Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works.
- "In addition to being among the world's best-known theoreticians on language and mind and one of its most famous political writers, Noam Chomsky remains, in his ninth decade, the world's most influential practicing linguist. So well-known are his technical papers that linguists routinely invoke them with shorthand and are instantly understood: "Remarks," "OB," "MP." This collection, spanning forty years of papers that have changed the field, is indispensable for any serious student of grammatical theory in the generative framework."
- David Poeppel
Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University.
- "The technical as well as the conceptual contributions exemplified in this selection of papers have defined much of the agenda for linguistics as cognitive science as well as deeply influenced how we conceive of and practice psychology and cognitive neuroscience. It is not sufficiently often acknowledged that even rather granular investigations in experimental language research build on many of the ideas that have their origin in the biolinguistic research program championed here. Chomsky’s theoretical proposals - as well as his consistent encouragement to link biological mechanisms with theoretically well motivated and computationally explicit models of language - are the driving force for much modern research on the neurobiology of language, and have also stimulated many other areas of the brain and cognitive sciences. Read these! There exists no collection of articles more important to the study of language as a cognitive system, a foundational part of human biology."
- Hilary Putnam
Cogan University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.
- "That everyone interested in linguistics, philosophy of language, the psychology of language use and acquisition, and the conjunctions and disjunctions of these fields must read this book is self evident. Noam Chomsky is clearly the greatest twentieth (and now twenty first) century linguist, and this collection is a wonderful overview of his still developing account of language."
- Paul Smolensky
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University, author of The Harmonic Mind.
- "Noam Chomsky set the agenda for a remarkable new field: the cognitive science of language. It is works like the seminal papers in this volume that have inspired so many of us to devote our careers to the astounding idea that—for carefully selected cognitive domains—the mental can be understood using the same kind of science that we use to understand the physical: formally elegant fundamental principles, from which complex empirical patterns follow with logical necessity."