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The Science of Language par [Chomsky, Noam]
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'This clear and relaxed conversation, illuminating for specialists and newcomers, locates Chomsky's linguistics within his larger conception of human inquiry. McGilvray asks the right questions and offers helpful editorial supplements.' Paul M. Pietroski, University of Maryland

'Noam Chomsky has long been recognized as a founding genius of modern linguistics. These compelling and carefully organized interviews illustrate why … The book is truly exceptional in affording an accessible and readable introduction to Chomsky's broad-based and cutting-edge theorizing. A must-read!' Robert J. Stainton, University of Western Ontario

'An indispensable presentation, in engaging interview form, of Noam Chomsky's evolving ideas about the scientific investigation of language and human nature, with illuminating explication by interviewer James McGilvray.' Howard Lasnik, University of Maryland

'By bringing the two sides of Chomsky's career together in ways that his specialist works have eschewed, the conversations recorded in (this book) remind us that the 'Chomsky problem' is no individual foible, but the deepest ideological contradiction of our age.' The Times Literary Supplement

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Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential thinkers of our time, yet his views are often misunderstood. In this previously unpublished series of interviews, Chomsky discusses his iconoclastic and important ideas concerning language, human nature and politics. In dialogue with James McGilvray, Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, Chomsky takes up a wide variety of topics – the nature of language, the philosophies of language and mind, morality and universality, science and common sense, and the evolution of language. McGilvray's extensive commentary helps make this incisive set of interviews accessible to a variety of readers. The volume is essential reading for those involved in the study of language and mind, as well as anyone with an interest in Chomsky's ideas.

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  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press (24 février 2012)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting insight on education 14 avril 2013
Par the Dutchwill - Publié sur
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In this book the entire education system is being taken apart and analyzed with James McGilvray, who is a Professor of Philosophy,and Noam Chomsky. This book makes you understand that you don't know anything about the science of language and neither does anybody else, in great extent that is, and as a teacher that is a bit frustrating. It gives a clear picture of the unanswered questions in the science of language and it doesn't help you understand how the brain works in processing language because most investigations aren't profound enough, The good thing about this book is it makes you think about how the language of science possibly works, but sometimes it's hard to grasp the ideas that Chomsky is trying to transmit and how McGilvray interprets them.Overall these types of books we need not to understand linguistics, but to question how it works. Obviously as a teacher eye-opening stuff and a must have.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 And Noam begat three sons: SEM, UG, & Merge 24 janvier 2013
Par Il'ja Rákoš - Publié sur
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Love him, hate him, or fall somewhere in the middle, with Noam Chomsky you know what you're getting: clear, dispassionate analysis, unapologetic empiricism, and a humble spirit.

In the interviews included in "The Science of Language", James McGilvray draws out Chomsky on a host of topics including, but not limited to: pure science and its method, universal grammar, common sense, universality, critiquing (neo, too often social)Darwinistic 'pop biology', euphemistic vocabulary, modern myth-building, the unique human capacity to do math, the (rather extensive) limitations of selective adaptation, Galileo's thought experiments, the good and the bad of story-telling, and for me (a highlight) a simple explanation of his theory of "Merge", the sort of Big Bang in the development of the human faculty for language.

There is also almost nothing - believe it or not - about politics or Chomsky's views on western history. The man, despite his genius, or perhaps as evidence of it, is willing to admit when asked about the connection between his research in linguistics and his political views, "'s principled, but it's weak...there's no deductive connection. You could take any view on either of these topics, and it wouldn't be inconsistent to hold them." That's humble. And it's as refreshing as it is rare among those of our species blessed with the biggest brain-pans.

For those who've read extensively in Chomsky (smiling the entire time or gritting your teeth) there is probably not much new here for you, except perhaps another extended example of his tremendous ability to take an incredibly complex idea and say it in a way so that a child in school (fine, a bright child) could get it. Researchers, academics, writers the world over can learn from Noam Chomsky. We all can.

If you aren't familiar with the vocabulary of linguistics, you'll have some challenges here, but McGilvray has included a decent glossary and an appendix with some further explanations of Chomsky's remarks, putting them in a more accessible, broader context than the interview format could provide.

As a little treat, I was hugely entertained by his chastising of Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker for some - in Chomsky's view - less-than-honest popular science writing they've engaged in. Fans of Pinker et al. might not be so thrilled. But don't take it too close to heart, that's just Noam being Noam.

Finally, a quote: "If you're teaching, say, physics, there's no point in persuading a student that you're right. You want to encourage them to find out what the truth is, which is probably that you're wrong."

His thoughtfulness enriches us all.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 and the book came in great condition for a reasonable price 1 juin 2017
Par Jason - Publié sur
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It shipped quickly, and the book came in great condition for a reasonable price. The book itself is great, and Chomsky discusses many of the latest advances in generative linguistics.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book serves as a pretty comprehensive look for the layman on Chomsky's views on ... 7 mars 2015
Par Christian Cole - Publié sur
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This book serves as a pretty comprehensive look for the layman on Chomsky's views on linguistics. It shows some of his scientific mindset, as well. An interesting read that revealed some of the disagreement between scientists on what makes a 'real science'.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Insightful! 26 mars 2013
Par Rameez Rahman - Publié sur
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This book contains many diverse insights from Chomsky, ranging from comments on scientists writing popular works and how they often mislead the general public, to discussions of causality, the supernatural, and of course the innateness of language. You don't have to agree with Chomsky on everything, but even where you disagree, you know that he is being rigorous and thorough. He is never superficial, unlike many scientists who make wild claims in such interviews. Its a great read!
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