What Remains of Our Knowledge of Language?: Reply to Collins

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (22):557-75 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The new Chomskian orthodoxy denies that our linguistic competence gives us knowledge *of* a language, and that the representations in the language faculty are representations *of* anything. In reply, I have argued that through their intuitions speaker/hearers, (but not their language faculties) have knowledge of language, though not of any externally existing language. In order to count as knowledge, these intuitions must track linguistic facts represented in the language faculty. I defend this idea against the objections Collins has raised to such an account.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Epistemology of Language.Alex Barber (ed.) - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
What We Know When We Know a Language.Barry C. Smith - 2006 - In Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press. pp. 941.
Ignorance of Language.Michael Devitt - 2006 - Oxford: Clarendon Press.
The Knowledge in Language.Gurpreet Rattan - 2006 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):505-521.
On the Epistemology of Language.Cheng-Hung Tsai - 2006 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (4):677-696.
Faculty disputes.John Collins - 2004 - Mind and Language 19 (5):503-33.
Practical knowledge of language.Cheng-Hung Tsai - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (2):331-341.

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-02-07

Downloads
547 (#18,227)

6 months
24 (#49,042)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Barry C. Smith
School of Advanced Study, University of London

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Aspects of the Theory of Syntax.Noam Chomsky - 1965 - Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.
Language and Mind.Noam Chomsky - 1968 - Cambridge University Press.
Rules and representations.Noam A. Chomsky - 1980 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (127):1-61.

View all 20 references / Add more references