The Development of Language and Meaning Notes

Questions

1. Who is Noam Chomsky?

2. What is the main idea of Chomskyan Linguistics?

3. What is the brain-as-computer metaphor?

4. According to Chomskyan Linguistics, why are we able to learn languages quickly when we are children?

5. According to Chomskyan Linguistics, what is the relationship between Syntax and Semantics?

6. In what way does the brain-as-computer metaphor carry over to Semantics?

7. What arguments are there against Chomsky’s innateness hypothesis?

8. How is Cognitive Linguistics different from Chomskyan Linguistics?

9. According to Cognitive Linguistics, what is the relationship between Syntax and Semantics?

10. What do some Developmental Psychologists say about our language ability?

11. According to these Developmental Psychologists, what is the difference between humans and animals?

12. According to these Developmental Psychologists, how did human language emerge?

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