Learnability and cognition : the acquisition of argument structure

Steven Pinker ; [with a new preface, "The secret life of verbs," by the author]

Before Steven Pinker wrote bestsellers on language and human nature, he wrote several technical monographs on language acquisition that have become classics in cognitive science. Learnability and Cognition, first published in 1989, brought together two big topics: how do children learn their mother tongue, and how does the mind represent basic categories of meaning such as space, time, causality, agency, and goals? The stage for this synthesis was set by the fact that when children learn a language, they come to make surprisingly subtle distinctions: pour water into the glass and fill the glass with water sound natural, but pour the glass with water and fill water into the glass sound odd. How can this happen, given that children are not reliably corrected for uttering odd sentences, and they don't just parrot back the correct ones they hear from their parents? Pinker resolves this paradox with a theory of how children acquire the meaning and uses of verbs, and explores that theory's implications for language, thought, and the relationship between them. As Pinker writes in a new preface, "The Secret Life of Verbs," the phenomena and ideas he explored in this book inspired his 2007 bestseller The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. These technical discussions, he notes, provide insight not just into language acquisition but into literary metaphor, scientific understanding, political discourse, and even the conceptions of sexuality that go into obscenity.

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書名 Learnability and cognition : the acquisition of argument structure
著作者等 Pinker, Steven
シリーズ名 Bradford book
The MIT Press series in learning, development, and conceptual change
出版元 MIT Press
刊行年月 c2013
版表示 New ed
ページ数 xx, 488 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9780262518406
NCID BB12674793
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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