A Potpourri of Chomskyan Science
Christina Behme
July 2014

This paper is an extension of a review of Noam Chomsky: The Science of Language – Interviews with James McGilvray, (to appear in Philosophy in Review, http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/pir). It provides (i) elaborations of some of the points I made, (ii) additional passages from the text showing that the examples originally selected are representative of the quality of the volume, and (iii) a brief discussion of Chomsky’s intellectual contributions.
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Published in: Philosophy in Review, http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/pir/article/view/12360/3716 . The extended version has now been published as review article in the Journal of Linguistics and can be accessed at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9258234, the newly uploaded version does NOT contain the full text of the RA, only the first 2 sections have been copied to give readers an idea about the extensive changes that have been made to previous versions, in large degree due to countless very helpful suggestions of the editor and reviewers of JL.
keywords: chomsky, chomsky's science of language, minimalist program, minimalism, biolinguistics, innatism, universal grammar, language evolution, semantic externalism/internalism, language acquisition, corpus linguistics, connectionism, scientific method, academic integrity, innate morality, syntax, semantics, morphology (phonology)
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