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Title: A computational approach to linguistic knowledge
Contributor(s): Boucher, Sandy  (author); Gold, Ian (author)
Publication Date: 2002-07
Early Online Version: 2002-03-08
DOI: 10.1016/S0271-5309(02)00003-4
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Abstract: The rejection of behaviorism in the 1950s and 1960s led to the view, due mainly to Noam Chomsky, that language must be studied by looking at the mind and not just at behavior. It is an understatement to say that Chomskyan linguistics dominates the field. Despite being the overwhelming majority view, it has not gone unchallenged, and the challenges have focused on different aspects of the theory. What is almost universally accepted, however, is Chomsky’s view that understanding language demands a theory that posits mental states that represent rules of language. Call this claim, following Cowie (1999), Representationalism or (R). According to (R), ‘‘[e]xplaining language mastery and acquisition requires the postulation of contentful mental states and processes involving their manipulation’’ (Cowie, 1999, p. 154).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Language & Communication, 22(3), p. 211-229
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1873-3395
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 220313 Philosophy of Language
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 500314 Philosophy of language
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280119 Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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