Language Faculty Science
By: Hajime Hoji (author)Hardback
Up to 2 WeeksUsually despatched within 2 weeks
This book explores how we can aspire to accumulate knowledge about the language faculty in line with Feynman's 'The test of all knowledge is experiment'. The two pillars of the proposed methodology for language faculty science are the internalist approach advocated by Chomsky and what Feynman calls the 'Guess-Compute-Compare' method. Taking the internalist approach, the book is concerned with the I-language of an individual speaker. Adopting the Guess-Compute-Compare method, it aims at deducing definite predictions and comparing them with experimental results. It offers a conceptual articulation of how we deduce definite predictions about the judgments of an individual speaker on the basis of universal and language-particular hypotheses and how we obtain experimental results precisely in accordance with such predictions. In pursuit of rigorous testability and reproducibility, the experimental demonstration in the book is supplemented by an accompanying website which provides the details of all the experiments discussed in the book.
Hajime Hoji is Associate Professor of Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California.
Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The fundamental schematic asymmetry; 3. Deducing definite and testable predictions; 4. Obtaining definite and categorical experimental results; 5. Experiments in language faculty science; 6. Illustration: experiments in English; 7. Illustration: experiments in Japanese; 8. Summary and concluding remarks; Appendix I. List of key concepts, hypotheses, schemata and example sentences repeatedly referred to in the text; Appendix II. The accompanying website; Glossary.
Number Of Pages:
- ID: 9781107046764
- Saver Delivery: Yes
- 1st Class Delivery: Yes
- Courier Delivery: Yes
- Store Delivery: Yes
Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly
© Copyright 2013 - 2018 WHSmith and its suppliers.
WHSmith High Street Limited Greenbridge Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, SN3 3LD, VAT GB238 5548 36