"How does human language work? How do we put ideas into words that
others can understand? Can linguistics shed light on the way the
brain operates? ""Foundations of Language"" puts linguistics back
at the centre of the search to understand human consciousness. Ray
Jackendoff begins by surveying the developments in linguistics over
the years since Noam Chomsky's ""Aspects of the Theory of Syntax"".
He goes on to propose a radical re-conception of how the brain
processes language. This opens up vivid new perspectives on every
major aspect of language and communication, including grammar,
vocabulary, learning, the origins of human language, and how
language relates to the real world. ""Foundations of Language""
makes important connections with other disciplines which have been
isolated from linguistics for many years. It sets a new agenda for
close cooperation between the study of language, mind, the brain,
behavior, and evolution. "