About the Author
Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini is Professor Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona and a member of the Department of Linguistics, the Cognitive Science Program, and the Department of Psychology. In October 1975 he organized the encounter between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky and in 1980 edited the proceedings Language and Learning, now translated into 11 languages and the echoes of which still explictly resonate in the present volume. He is the editor,with Juan Uriagereka and Pello Salaburu, of Minds and Language: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country (OUP, 2009; paperback 2010), and author, with Jerrry Fodor, of What Darwin Got Wrong (Profile, 2010).Robert C. Berwick is Professor of Computer Science and Computational Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published more than half a dozen books on the nature of language, language learnability, and computation, starting from his 1982 dissertation, The Acquisition of Syntactic Knowledge (MIT Press) to The Grammatical Basis of Linguistic Performance (MIT Press, 1986), Computational Complexity and Natural Language (MIT Press, 1987), andPrinciple-Based Parsing (Kluwer, 1999). Most recently, he has focused on the biology of language, particularly language evolution.