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Linguistic Minimalism: Origins, Concepts, Methods, and Aims (Hardback)
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Linguistic Minimalism: Origins, Concepts, Methods, and Aims (Hardback)

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Hardback 258 Pages / Published: 24/08/2006
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This is a self-contained introduction to the Minimalist Program for linguistic theory, the boldest and most radical version of Noam Chomsky's naturalistic approach to language. Cedric Boeckx examines its foundations, explains its underlying philosophy, exemplifies its methods, and considers the significance of its empirical results. He explores the roots and antecedents of the Program and shows how its methodologies parallel those of sciences such as physics and biology. He disentangles and clarifies current debates and issues around the nature of minimalist research in linguistics and shows how the aims and ambitions of the Minimalist Program lie at the centre of the enterprise to understand how the human language faculty operates in the mind and is manifested in the world's languages. The book contains a glossary of key concepts, each one illustrated with relevant examples drawn from a variety of languages.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199297573
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 529 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 15 mm


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Cedric Boeckx has constructed an illuminating nontechnical exposition of the character, historical roots, new insights, and profound interdisciplinary reach of the Minimalist Program, which has for over a decade been moving the biolinguistic approach to the study of language and mind forward. For anyone who wants to learn (more) about the MP, this valuable overview is an excellent starting point. * Robert Freidin, Princeton University *
This deeply-informed study, drawing from a wide diversity of domains, provides a thoughtful perspective on how a minimalist program in linguistics emerges as a natural outcome of advances in understanding of the nature of language and its acquisition. It also outlines a course the program might take in seeking to identify the distinctive properties of human language, seperating them from the effects of more general principles, which may reduce to laws of nature. To determine its special properties has been the goal of serious enquiry into language from its ancient origins. Such inquiry is now taking quite new forms, and, as Boeckx shows, is productively investigating questions that could scarcely have been formulated not long ago. * Noam Chomsky *
Linguistic Minimalism, Origins, Methods, and Aims is an insightful presentation of the conceptual underpinnings and internal logic of the Minimalist Program. It will show the curious why those of us pursuing this program are so excited by its prospects. * Howard Lasnik, University of Maryland *
An engaging, accessible, important exposition of Chomsky's pioneering Program, including its normal scientific evolution, the higher standards of explanation it imposes and the exciting new interdisciplinary linkages it has established. * Samuel David Epstein, University of Michigan *

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