Chapter 3. How the Mind Grows: From Meno to Noam

  1. Cedric Boeckx

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310047.ch3

Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them

Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them

How to Cite

Boeckx, C. (2009) How the Mind Grows: From Meno to Noam, in Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310047.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 4 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405158817

Online ISBN: 9781444310047

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Keywords:

  • how the mind grows - from Meno to Noam;
  • Gavagai situation and “rabbit” and “undetached rabbit-parts”;
  • language contributing in specific way - the way we “see” or “think” the world;
  • the (radical) poverty of stimulus;
  • deaf children born to hearing parents and system of sign or “home sign”;
  • Nicaraguan Sign Language and Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language;
  • “language acquisition” - “acquisition” suggesting E-language perspective;
  • blind children and acquisition of “visual” words;
  • Lenneberg's Program - critical period associated with language learning;
  • language, species-specific trait and strong biological endowment

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Gavagai!

  • The (Radical) Poverty of the Stimulus

  • Lenneberg's Program

  • Wrapping Up