This textbook explores the ways in which language informs the structure and function of the human mind, offering a point of entry into the fascinating territory of cognitive science. Focusing mainly on syntactic issues, Language in Cognition is a unique contribution to this burgeoning field of study.* Guides undergraduate students through the core questions of linguistics and cognitive science, and provides tools that will help them think about the field in a structured way* Uses the study of language and how language informs the structure and function of the human mind to introduce the major ideas in modern cognitive science, including its history and controversies* Explores questions such as: what does it mean to say that linguistics is part of the cognitive sciences; how do the core properties of language compare with the core properties of other human cognitive abilities such as vision, music, mathematics, and other mental building blocks; and what is the relationship between language and thought?* Includes an indispensable study guide as well as extensive references to encourage further independent study
Cedric Boeckx is Research Professor at the Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), and a member of the Center for Theoretical Linguistics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Most recently he was Associate Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. He is the author of Islands and Chains (2003), Linguistic Minimalism (2006), Understanding Minimalist Syntax (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Bare Syntax (2008); and the founding co-editor, with Kleanthes K. Grohmann, of the Open Access journal Biolinguistics .
Acknowledgements Prologue Part I: Ever Since Chomsky Chapter 1: Mind matters: Chomsky's dangerous idea Chapter 2: The mechanization of the mind picture Chapter 3: How the mind grows: From Meno to Noam Part II: Unweaving the sentence Chapter 4: Mental chemistry Chapter 5: The variety of linguistic experience: The towers of Babel and Pisa Chapter 6: All the roads lead to Universal Grammar Part III: The mental foundations of behavior Chapter 7: Making sense of meaning: An instruction manual Chapter 8: Wonderful mental life: Unthinkable in the absence of Language Chapter 9: Grammar caught in the act Part IV: Missing links Chapter 10: The (mis)measure of mind Chapter 11: Homo combinans Chapter 12: Computational organology Epilogue Notes Study guide References Index