Language and Other Cognitive Systems. What Is Special About Language?

  title={Language and Other Cognitive Systems. What Is Special About Language?},
  author={Noam Chomsky},
  journal={Language Learning and Development},
  pages={263 - 278}
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Published 1 October 2011
  • Linguistics
  • Language Learning and Development
The traditional conception of language is that it is, in Aristotle's phrase, sound with meaning. The sound-meaning correlation is, furthermore, unbounded, an elementary fact that came to be understood as of great significance in the 17th century scientific revolution. In contemporary terms, the internal language (I-language) of an individual consists, at the very least, of a generative process that yields an infinite array of structured expressions, each interpreted at two interfaces, the… 

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