Could Competent Speakers Really Be Ignorant of Their Language?

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):457-467 (2006)

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Robert J. Matthews
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Abstract
This paper defends the commonsense conception of linguistic competence according to which linguistic competence involves propositional knowledge of language. More specifically, the paper defends three propositions challenged by Devitt in his Ignorance af Language. First, Chomskian linguists were right to embrace this commonsense conception of linguistic cornpetence. Second, the grammars that these linguists propose make a substantive claim about the computational processes that are presumed to constitute a speaker’s linguistic competence. Third, Chomskian linguistics is indeed a subfield of psychology, in the business of characterizing the linguistic competence of speakers
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI croatjphil2006635
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