Language, Mind and Brain: Some Psychological and Neurological Constraints on Theories of Grammar
by Ewa Dabrowska
Georgetown University Press, 2004
Paper: 978-1-58901-047-5
Library of Congress Classification P37.D33 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 401.9


Language, Mind and Brain is a delightfully readable, yet erudite exploration of how the human mind processes and orders sounds and words into meaning. It explores how properties of the human mind/brain constrain linguistic structure and how linguistics can benefit by combining traditional linguistic methodologies with insights from research on language acquisition, processing, and impairment. The first part of the book offers a useful introduction to the relevant issues for readers with little prior knowledge of these disciplines; part two addresses such key issues as the status of rules, the relationship between grammar and the lexicon, and the relationship between innate structure and acquired knowledge. Fascinating for anyone interested in the intricacies of how language is acquired and how the brain sorts sounds into communication.

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