24.208, Books: The Emergence of Meaning: Crain

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From: Joyce Reid [jreid at cambridge.org]
Subject: The Emergence of Meaning: Crain

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Title: The Emergence of Meaning 
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6813340/The%20Emergence%20of%20Meaning/?site_locale=en_US 


Author: Stephen Crain

Paperback: ISBN:  9780521674881 Pages: 201 Price: U.S. $ 39.99
: ISBN:  9780521858090 Pages: 201 Price: U.S. $ 105.00


Abstract:

Over the past forty years, scientists have developed models of human reasoning
based on the principle that human languages and classical logic involve
fundamentally different concepts and different methods of interpretation. In
The Emergence of Meaning Stephen Crain challenges this view, arguing that a
common logical nativism underpins human language and logical reasoning. The
approach which Crain takes is twofold. Firstly, he uncovers the underlying
meanings of logical expressions and logical principles that appear in
typologically different languages – English and Mandarin Chinese – and he
demonstrates that these meanings and principles directly correspond to the
expressions and structures of classical logic. Secondly he reports the
findings of new experimental studies which investigate how children acquire
the logical concepts of these languages. A step-by-step introduction to logic
and a comprehensive review of the literature on child language acquisition
make this work accessible to those unfamiliar with either field.

Table of Contents

1. Logic and human languages
2. Competing approaches to language and logic
3. The case for logical nativism
4. Scope parameters
5. How something can be both positive and negative
6. Two logical operators for the price of one
 



Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                     Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                     English (eng)


Written In: English  (eng)

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