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The first six chapters, originally published in the 1960s, made a groundbreaking contribution to linguistic theory.

Biographies and general introductions. Noam Chomsky on The Generative Enterprise, A discussion with Riny Huybregts and Henk van Riemsdijk. Modular Approaches to the Study of the Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012) with James McGilvray.

Linguistic Contributions to the Study of Mind (Future). Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, In. 1968. One of the six lectures is reproduced here; Transcribed: in 1998 by Andy Blunden, proofed and corrected February 2005.

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Innate is something which is already there in mind since birth.

Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This is the third edition of Chomsky's outstanding collection of essays on language and mind, first published in 2006. The first six chapters, originally published in the 1960s, made a groundbreaking contribution to linguistic theory. This edition complements them with an additional chapter and a new preface, bringing Chomsky's influential approach into the twenty-first century. Chapters 1-6 present Chomsky's early work on the nature and acquisition of language as a genetically endowed, biological system (Universal Grammar), through the rules and principles of which we acquire an internalized knowledge (I-language). Over the past fifty years, this framework has sparked an explosion of inquiry into a wide range of languages, and has yielded some major theoretical questions. The final chapter revisits the key issues, reviewing the 'biolinguistic' approach that has guided Chomsky's work from its origins to the present day, and raising some novel and exciting challenges for the study of language and mind.

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It easy to understand and the concept is elaborated with great concern for readers' understanding. It's very useful especially for those who are interested in the field of language acquisition.
It's a basic text for the students of social sciences, though not for beginers.
Whether Chomsky the scientist-linguist (and certainly the politician) appeals to the reader is very much a matter of personal taste, and in this sense a review of Language and Mind would necessarily be more subjective than would usually be the case for a work of non-fiction. My comments here are however directed solely at objective issues raised by the Kindle edition, as this book demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of this marvelous device.

First, would-be purchasers of the Kindle edition are forewarned: this is a horrible copy, a fair deal at perhaps $1, but definitely a bad bargain for the reader at Amazon's $15. The print ink is uneven, well below the standards of any other Kindle material I have purchased; if it had come out of the reader's computer printer, it surely would be accompanied by an "ink is low" message. Furthermore, one can see that it was prepared from a poorly handled paper original which did not always feed evenly into the scanner; episodically, the font balloons and deflates like a sloppy photocopy.

Poor technical quality aside, the format of Chomsky's arguments do not neatly fit the Kindle's capabilities. While this device excels at simple linear (front to back) reading, it is poorly adapted to texts that require continual references to examples on earlier pages, as some non-fiction works do, and as Chomsky's definitely does. This limitation might have been ameliorated had the edition been prepared with greater care, providing easy links to the numerous example sentences the author deposits throughout the book, but this copy is largely a simplistic photocopy rendered in Kindle format. It does not help that Chomsky may refer to "page xx", as Kindle readers are aware that the concept of pagination does not exist in their world. In Kindle World one deals with "locations", and this edition did not convert pages into locations, leaving the reader with no option other than repetitive pressing of the turn backward or forward buttons to find the cited reference.

Beyond these cautionary objections, I confess to an advanced amateur's fascination with linguistics, and other readers who share this characteristic will appreciate the Kindle's salient advantage, portability, in dealing with a writer like Chomsky. For me at least, this is a text to be consumed in small bites, in those snippets of time waiting in line at the supermarket, on the subway platform, or waiting for the pasta water to boil. Kindle nicely inserts itself into these spaces, more nimbly and with greater availability than bound paper.
Slow reading if one is not immersed in the science.
It is a shame a product of such low quality (font-wise, not content-wise, obviously) is being sold for $15. Parts of the font are not visible, so it is difficult to read.
generation of new
good book to have this book,
Since it is a new knowledge area I am struggling to comprehend it, " outside the scope my area of expertise" .
Chomsky can be anesthetizing as a lecturer, so a brief appetizer such as this collection of essays should be chosen ahead of any visual or aural recordings. Don't expect complete clarity, full explanations, or satisfying closure, but do expect provocative insights and deeply resonating ideas that take us ever closer to the center of human consciousness without the religious-mystical jargon. He and Jacques Derrida practically share honors as the two most important thinkers of the last half of the preceding century.

At a time when the rage is "diversity," "multi-culturalism," sectarianism, Balkanization, inviolable walls and boundaries, whether for protection or transgression, both thinkers trace the source of such reductive constructions to linguistic impoverishment, whether externally or internally imposed. Moreover, both offer avenues out of the fixed, repressive syntax and limited, distorted semantics that amount to denials of human birthrights and potentials--God-given or otherwise. Whereas Derrida concentrates on the effects, a close reading of Chomsky will disclose that his actual object is their source, the originating organ itself. In his linguistic theory as well as his politics, the "deep structural" archetypal odyssey is ultimately of the subject seeking to understand itself better as object, of mind in pursuit of itself.
Language and Mind download epub
Words Language & Grammar
Author: Noam Chomsky
ISBN: 0151478104
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P; New edition edition (August 15, 1972)
Pages: 194 pages