A Potpourri of Chomskyan Science
Christina Behme
February 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 . Several comments I received resulted in an expansion of the discussion of Chomsky's contributions in this version. Further, specific attention is paid to the 'deep problem' identified by Pesetsky (2013) and to Chomsky's failure to address the severe criticisms in Postal (2012, 2014)
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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