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Generative Grammar and Modern Cognitive Science

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Authors
Boeckx, Cedric
Issue Date
2005
Publisher
Institute for Cognitive Science, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of Cognitive Science, Vol.6 No.1, pp. 45-54
Abstract
Generative Grammar (GG) emerged in the mid-1950s at the confluence of
(i) the revival of and renewed appreciation for insights from the ‘first cognitive
revolution’ that took place in the (extended) Cartesian era (17th-18th centuries),
(ii) the solidification of the scientific study of behavioral instincts (ethology),
(iii) progress in the domain of computation (nature of algorithms and
characterization of notions like infinity, etc.), and (iv) dissatisfaction with the
then dominant behaviorist paradigm in psychology, which took external
behavior not as evidence for what goes on inside, but as the basic limit of
inquiry. Chomsky’s early work contributed to all four strands of research that
constitute the conceptual underpinnings of GG (see Chomsky 1955, 1957,
1959, 1965, 1966). Today, Cartesian, biological, computational, and internalist
considerations not only define GG but modern cognitive science as a whole.
ISSN
1598-2327
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/70739
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