The Resource Educating Eve : the "language instinct" debate, Geoffrey Sampson

Educating Eve : the "language instinct" debate, Geoffrey Sampson

Label
Educating Eve : the "language instinct" debate
Title
Educating Eve
Title remainder
the "language instinct" debate
Statement of responsibility
Geoffrey Sampson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Are we creatures who learn new things? Or does human mental development consist of awakening instinctive structures of thought? A view has gained ground that language in much of its detail is hard-wired in our genes. Others add that this also holds true for much of the specific knowledge and understanding expressed in language. When the first human Eve evolved from pre-human apes (it is claimed), her biological inheritance comprised not just a distinctive anatomy but a rich structure of cognition. Despite the impressive roll of converts which these ideas have gained, there is no good reason to believe them. The arguments of Pinker and others depend on earlier and more technical contributions, by writers such as Noam Chomsky. Many readers take these foundations on trust, not realizing how weak they are. This book examines the various arguments for instinctive knowledge, and finds that each one rests on false premises or embodies a logical fallacy
  • A different picture of learning is suggested by Karl Popper's account of knowledge growing through 'conjectures and refutations'. The facts of human language are best explained by taking language acquisition to be a case of Popperian learning
Dewey number
401
Index
index present
LC call number
P37.5.I55
LC item number
S26 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Open linguistics series
Label
Educating Eve : the "language instinct" debate, Geoffrey Sampson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [163]-179) and index
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  • zbnus
  • mel
Contents
1. Culture or Biology? -- 2. The Original Arguments for a Language Instinct -- 3. The Debate Renewed -- 4. Language Structure Turns Queen's Evidence -- 5. The Creative Mind -- 6. Conclusion
Control code
000013081224
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
184 p.
Isbn
9780304339082
Lccn
97002322
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.b18012310
System control number
  • 33217006604806
  • (OCoLC)36407684

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