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On Language: Chomsky's Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language in One Volume
 
 

On Language: Chomsky's Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language in One Volume [Kindle Edition]

Noam Chomsky , Mitsou Ronat

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Restoring to print two of Chomsky's most famous and popular books in one omnibus volume, On Language features some of the noted linguist and political critic's most informal and highly accessible work, making it an ideal introduction to his thought.

In Part I, Language and Responsibility, Chomsky presents a fascinating self-portrait of his political, moral, and linguistic thinking. In Part II, Reflections on Language, Chomsky explores the more general implications of the study of language and offers incisive analyses of the controversies among psychologists, philosophers, and linguists over fundamental questions of language.

"Language and Responsibility is a well-organized, clearly written, and comprehensive introduction to Chomsky's thought." —New York Times Book Review

"Language and Responsibility brings together in one readable volume Chomsky's positions on issues ranging from politics and philosophy of science to recent advances in linguistic theory... The clarity of presentation at times approaches that of Bertrand Russell in his political and more popular philosophical essays." —Contemporary Psychology

"Reflections on Language is profoundly satisfying and impressive. It is the clearest and most developed account of the case of universal grammar and of the relations between his theory of language and the innate faculties of mind responsible for language aquisition and use." —Patrick Flanagan

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  • Publisher: New Press, The (26 July 2011)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Classics 21 Mar 2006
By Dave_42 - Published on Amazon.com
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Noam Chomsky is a renowned linguist who has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955. He developed a theory of transformation grammar which has changed the study of language. He is also very active in politics and has several books on a variety of political issues. "On Language" contains two of Chomsky's classic works, "Language and Responsibility", and "Reflections on Language", and while these books deal mainly with Linguistics, there are a couple of sections which cover his political thought.

"Language and Responsibility" was first published in 1977 in France and 1979 in the U.S., and it is a conversation between Chomsky and Mitsou Ronat, the French transformationalist. While the conversation opens with politics, the greater portion of this book is about Generative Grammar.

"Reflections on Language" was first published in 1975 and is an important work in the field of Linguistics. The section titled "Problems and Mysteries in the Study of Human Language" covers interesting aspects such as the philosophy of language and the acquisition of language. Chomsky also spends some time discussing other Linguistic works and where he agrees and disagrees with them.

This book would not make a good choice for someone unfamiliar with Linguistics. However, the "Language and Responsibility" section does serve as an excellent introduction to Chomsky and his thoughts. While one may not agree with all of his political positions, Chomsky does provide some excellent points and forces the reader to re-examine their own position. His Linguistic theories are important to any study of the subject, and "Reflections on Language" is probably the best way to learn about his position.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 9 Feb 2014
By Nia Pgn - Published on Amazon.com
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I just recently had a bad experience with a seller, which is rare, but I'm glad I tried again. The cover looks different than what is shown but I got the book so quickly I was a little shocked and it was in great condition. I appreciate the good service. Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needlessly Abstract 13 Dec 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Why do academics feel the need to be so boring? Ideas are exciting! Droning on is not a proof of profundity. I am thinking of the excitement I felt years ago when I first read Language in Thought and Action!
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5.0 out of 5 stars tThat is some good language! 19 Jun 2012
By TRYangles666 - Published on Amazon.com
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That smells like some mighty fine Chomsky.
Everyone should go to MIT to learn how to make gadgets for Batman.
Chomsky hangs out with those people.
He knows about gadgets too, man.
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