Ignorance of Linguistics: A note on Devitt's Ignorance of Language

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):21-34 (2009)
Authors
Guy Longworth
University of Warwick
Abstract
Michael Devitt has argued that Chomsky, along with many other Linguists and philosophers, is ignorant of the true nature of Generative Linguistics. In particular, Devitt argues that Chomsky and others wrongly believe the proper object of linguistic inquiry to be speakers' competences, rather than the languages that speakers are competent with. In return, some commentators on Devitt's work have returned the accusation, arguing that it is Devitt who is ignorant about Linguistics. In this note, I consider whether there might be less to this apparent dispute than meets the eye. -/- .
Keywords linguistics  Chomsky  Devitt  language  syntax  psychological reality
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI croatjphil2009913
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Psychological Conception, Psychological Reality.Michael Devitt - 2009 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):35-44.
Explanation and Reality in Linguistics.Michael Devitt - 2008 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (2):203-231.
Linguistic Explanation and ‘Psychological Reality’.Peter Slezak - 2009 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):3-20.
Ignorance of Language.Michael Devitt - 2006 - Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Why We Still Need Knowledge of Language.Barry C. Smith - 2006 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (18):431-457.
Ignorance Radicalized.Gergo Somodi - 2009 - Studia Philosophica Estonica 2 (2):140-156.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-09-03

Total downloads
366 ( #10,118 of 2,268,124 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
17 ( #23,003 of 2,268,124 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature