Language Theory Notes for 09.11.06

Homework: Bring some piece of my own reading that deals with language and the brain.

Book Recommendations:

  • The Infinite Gift: How Children Learn and Unlearn the Languages of the World

How Children Learn and Unlearn the Languages of the World

  • Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language)

Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language)

  • Not everyone can be a mathematician, but everyone is a linguist in a manner of speaking.
  • Linguistic Determinism (Language Shapes Thought) and Linguistic Relativity (We see reality through our native language).
  • Is it naive to believe that there is a universal mentalese?
  • Does language support or influence thought?
  • Language is not a prerequisite for thought.
  • Language and culture are inseparable/interchangeable.
  • Pinker and Whorf (Determinism/Relativity) are at odds.
  • Pre-linguistic children have thoughts but do not have language.
  • Thought of language vs. Language of thought.
  • Is there some other aspect of language than just thinking and speaking? (The Psychosis of language?)
  • Grammatical constructions are not a prerequisite for being able to express a concept.
  • Neurolinguistics – Language in the brain.
  • Differences between Human and Ape’s brains:
    • Frontal Lobes
    • Compartments
  • One More Book Rec.
    • Language in Mind: Advances in the Study of Language and Thought

Advances in the Study of Language and Thought

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