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Language Faculty Science

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  • Date Published: March 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107624795
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  • This book explores how we can aspire to accumulate knowledge about the language faculty in line with Feynman's 'The test of all knowledge is experiment'. The two pillars of the proposed methodology for language faculty science are the internalist approach advocated by Chomsky and what Feynman calls the 'Guess-Compute-Compare' method. Taking the internalist approach, the book is concerned with the I-language of an individual speaker. Adopting the Guess-Compute-Compare method, it aims at deducing definite predictions and comparing them with experimental results. It offers a conceptual articulation of how we deduce definite predictions about the judgments of an individual speaker on the basis of universal and language-particular hypotheses and how we obtain experimental results precisely in accordance with such predictions. In pursuit of rigorous testability and reproducibility, the experimental demonstration in the book is supplemented by an accompanying website which provides the details of all the experiments discussed in the book.

    • Provides empirical evidence to support the viability of the proposed methodology
    • Experimental data is based on English and Japanese, demonstrating how the same universal hypotheses can be tested in experiments dealing with different languages
    • The accompanying website provides detailed information about the design and results of every experiment discussed in the book
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    "Hajime Hoji’s careful study is a welcome contribution to the growing discipline of experimental linguistics. He provides a very careful analysis of the methodological issues, illustrating successes and pitfalls, and outlining a general approach that should be valuable in carrying this promising enterprise forward."
    Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    "A truly remarkable achievement. With the experimental methodology rigorously worked out in Language Faculty Science, generative linguistics could indeed become a viable empirical science, rather than a philosophy of mind."
    Naoki Fukui, Sophia University, Tokyo

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    13th Apr 2016 by Lxyang

    The book is of great importance in biolinguistics and language evolution as well.

    Review was not posted due to profanity


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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107624795
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 200 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The fundamental schematic asymmetry
    3. Deducing definite and testable predictions
    4. Obtaining definite and categorical experimental results
    5. Experiments in language faculty science
    6. Illustration: experiments in English
    7. Illustration: experiments in Japanese
    8. Summary and concluding remarks
    Appendix I. List of key concepts, hypotheses, schemata and example sentences repeatedly referred to in the text
    Appendix II. The accompanying website

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    Hajime Hoji, University of Southern California
    Hajime Hoji is Associate Professor of Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California.

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