Introduction: Neil Smith's Linguistics
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Neil Smith has worked across the full range of the discipline of linguistics and explored its interfaces with other disciplines. In all this work he has maintained a commitment to a mentalist approach to the study of language and communication. The aim of this Special Issue is to honour his work and commitment with a collection of papers which brings together work by phonologists, syntacticians, psycholinguists, and pragmatists who share this interest in language as a central component of the human mind and who have worked with Neil, whether as colleagues, collaborators, or students. Neil’s career can be viewed in relation to three main developments in modern linguistics. First, it reflects the development of generativism, in both syntax and phonology. For Neil, this has meant working within, and exploring the ramifications of, the groundbreaking theoretical framework for linguistics initiated and developed by Noam Chomsky. Neil has given full expression to this intellectual debt in two book-length studies of Chomsky’s ideas and principles (Smith and Wilson 1979, Smith 1999) and in many papers and commentaries. Notwithstanding his unswerving Chomskyan allegiance, Neil has been open to, and has encouraged, the exploration of alternative approaches to both syntax and phonology, including optimality theory, GPSG, word grammar, and categorial grammar. The second development reflected in Neil’s work is the trend towards placing research in linguistics in the context of research in cognitive psychology and philosophy of mind and language - in other words, the development of linguistics as one of the cognitive sciences, again very much a Chomskyan initiative. This ‘cognitive turn’ can be seen as, at least in part, a consequence of a commitment to generativism and to linguistic theories that aim to go beyond detailed description of data to achieve explanatory adequacy. In the field of phonology, this search for explanatory adequacy led to Neil’s work on the acquisition of....
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Anat Ninio (2006). Language and the Learning Curve: A New Theory of Syntactic Development. OUP Oxford.
M. J. Cain (2010). Linguistics, Psychology and the Scientific Study of Language. Dialectica 64 (3):385-404.
Fred D'Agostino (2001). Double Review: Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals by Neil Smith and Chomsky: Language, Mind, and Politics by James McGilvray. Mind and Language 16 (3):335–344.
Barry C. Smith (ed.) (2006). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
André Joly (1985). Cartesian or Condillacian Linguistics? Topoi 4 (2):145-149.
Hayley G. Davis (2003). Rethinking Linguistics. Routledgecurzon.
Peer F. Bundgaard (2004). The Ideal Scaffolding of Language: Husser's Fourth Logical Investigation in the Light of Cognitive Linguistics. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 3 (1):49-80.
Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.) (2006). The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.) (2006). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
Prof A. V. Kravchenko (2002). Cognitive Linguistics as a Methodological Paradigm. In [Book Chapter].
Guy Longworth (2009). Ignorance of Linguistics: A Note on Devitt's Ignorance of Language. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 25 (1):21-34.
Wilhelm Humboldt (1999). On Language: On the Diversity of Human Language Construction and its Influence on the Mental Development of the Human Species. Cambridge University Press.
Marcelo Dascal (2006). Adam Smith's Theory of Language. In Knud Haakonssen (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith. Cambridge University Press
Added to index2010-12-22
Total downloads18 ( #216,682 of 1,934,701 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #269,464 of 1,934,701 )
How can I increase my downloads?