Language, Frogs and Savants: More Linguistic Problems, by Neil Smith

By Neil Smith

With subject matters starting from language loss of life to signal language, Language, Frogs and Savants bargains a glimpse into the interesting international of linguistics.

  • Written by way of probably the most senior figures in linguistics.
  • Features interesting issues starting from language demise to signal language.
  • Includes an advent to the present imaginative and prescient of linguistics such a lot heavily linked to Noam Chomsky.
  • Contains a word list of all technical phrases and interpretations.

Content:
Chapter 1 Savants (pages 37–44):
Chapter 2 making a song by means of the lifeless (pages 45–50):
Chapter three Maganar Hannu (pages 51–55):
Chapter four Sneering on the Arts (pages 56–60):
Chapter five Babes and Sucklings (pages 56–61):
Chapter 6 Censored? (pages 66–70):
Chapter 7 do you know that the Portuguese for Turkey is Peru? (pages 71–76):
Chapter eight Obstinacy (pages 77–83):
Chapter nine Backlash (pages 84–89):
Chapter 10 Is There a Gene for Linguists? (pages 90–93):
Chapter eleven Frogs, Parrots, Grooming, the Basal Ganglia and Language (pages 94–99):
Chapter 12 Parametric Poverty (pages 101–108):
Chapter thirteen Linguistics by means of Numbers (pages 109–113):
Chapter 14 Modules, Modals, Maths and the brain (pages 114–119):
Chapter 15 not anything (pages 120–127):
Chapter sixteen The (pages 128–138):
Chapter 17 Are Gucks Mentally Represented? (pages 139–152):
Chapter 18 ask yourself (pages 153–158):

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We normally take someone who utters a sentence – say, ‘torture is immoral’ – to believe the proposition conveyed by that sentence: that torture is immoral; and we expect to be able to predict (at least some of) their actions on the basis of this. It is language that makes this possible, and it is linguistics that illuminates how it makes this possible. ’ The answer should be becoming clear: it enables us to LFAA02 9/6/05 5:15 PM Page 35 Introduction 35 understand one of the most basic attributes of being human – possession of language.

Her primary focus is on Hausa Sign Language (HSL): the signed language used by the deaf community in Kano and elsewhere in the country; but she sets this work in the wider context of Hausa studies, including the educational and social context in which deaf people find themselves in Hausa society (and in Nigeria and West Africa, more generally), and adding some discussion of the full range of communicative resources at the disposal of the deaf and hard of hearing. The core of the book is a grammar of HSL.

This claim may, of course, be false. It might turn out that adults who uttered (55a) as children have different grammars from those who uttered (55b) as children. It’s possible, but there is no evidence to that effect, and the idealization to instantaneity is accordingly justified. If one of the things we wish to explain is how humans can progress from a stage in which they are apparently language-less to a stage of adult knowledge, it is advantageous to be able to abstract away from the different paths they may take LFAA02 9/6/05 5:15 PM Page 30 30 Introduction in acquiring that knowledge.

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