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Jackendoff, Ray 1945-

Works: 86 works in 694 publications in 7 languages and 21,929 library holdings
Genres: Terms and phrases  Musical settings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Performer, Arranger, Instrumentalist, Honoree, Editor, Adapter
Classifications: P325, 415
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Most widely held works by Ray Jackendoff
Patterns in the mind : language and human nature by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

42 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is it about the human mind that accounts for the fact that we can all speak and understand a language? Why can't other creatures do the same? And what does this tell us about the rest of human abilities? Recent dramatic discoveries in linguistics and psychology provide intriguing answers to these age-old mysteries. Along with the stunning advances in neuro-science and artificial intelligence, this research has breathed new life into the study of the mind. The central idea of this book is that our language ability is stored in the brain as a set of unconscious patterns, or a "mental grammar." How do children learn this grammar? Ray Jackendoff demonstrates that this remarkable feat involves a rich interweaving of nature and nurture: children come to the task of learning language equipped with an innate, genetically encoded "Universal Grammar" that provides the building blocks for all human languages. Patterns in the Mind emphasizes the grammatical commonalities across languages, both spoken and signed, and discusses the implications for our understanding of language acquisition and loss. Is the rest of human ability and experience like language? Jackendoff shows that indeed many other abilities are also supported by an innate brain specialization, among them vision, appreciation of music, and our ability to interact socially and culturally with other people. Thus the mechanisms of human language serve as a vehicle for understanding more generally "the way we are."
Foundations of language : brain, meaning, grammar, evolution by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

36 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Already hailed as a masterpiece, Foundations of Language offers a brilliant overhaul of the last thirty-five years of research in generative linguistics and related fields. "Few books really deserve the cliche 'this should be read by every researcher in the field, '" writes Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct. "But Ray Jackendoff's Foundations of Language does." Foundations of Language offers a radically new understanding of how language, the brain, and perception intermesh. The book renews the promise of early generative linguistics: that language can be a valuable entree into understanding the human mind and brain. The approach is remarkably interdisciplinary. Behind its innovations is Jackendoff's fundamental proposal that the creativity of language derives from multiple parallel generative systems linked by interface components. This shift in basic architecture makes possible a radical reconception of mental grammar and how it is learned. As a consequence, Jackendoff is able to reintegrate linguistics with philosophy of mind, cognitive and developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and computational linguistics. Among the major topics treated are language processing, the relation of language to perception, the innateness of language, and the evolution of the language capacity, as well as more standard issues in linguistic theory such as the roles of syntax and the lexicon. In addition, Jackendoff offers a sophisticated theory of semantics that incorporates insights from philosophy of language, logic and formal semantics, lexical semantics of various stripes, cognitive grammar, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches, and the author's own conceptual semantics. Here then is the most fundamental contribution to linguistic theory in over three decades
A generative theory of tonal music by Fred Lerdahl( Book )

50 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Semantic interpretation in generative grammar by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

44 editions published between 1972 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like other recent work in the field of generative-transformational grammar, this book developed from a realization that many problems in linguistics involve semantics too deeply to be solved insightfully within the syntactic theory of Noam Chomsky's Aspect of the Theory of Syntax. Dr Jackendoff has attempted to take a broader view of semantics, studying the important contribution it makes to the syntactic patterns of English. The research is carried out in the framework of an interpretive theory, that is, a theory of grammar in which syntactic structures are given interpretations by an autonomous syntactic component. The book investigates a wide variety of semantic rules, stating them in considerable detail and extensively treating their consequences for the syntactic component of the grammar. In particular, it is shown that the hypothesis that transformations do not change meaning must be abandoned; but equally stringent restrictions on transformations are formulated within the interpretive theory. Among the areas of grammar discussed are the well-known problems of case relations, pronominalization, negation, and quantifiers. In addition, the author presents semantic analyses of such neglected areas as adverbs and intonation contours; he also proposes radically new approaches to the so-called Crossover Principle, the control problem for complement subjects, parentheticals, and the interpretation of nonspecific noun phrases. -- Publisher description
Languages of the mind : essays on mental representation by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

44 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Languages of the Mind provides convenient access to Jackendoff's work over the past five years on the nature of mental representations in a variety of cognitive domains, in the context of a detailed theory of the level of conceptual structure developed in his earlier books, Semantics and Cognition and Consciousness and the Computational Mind. The first two chapters summarize the theory of levels of mental representation ("languages of the mind") and their relationships to each other and show how conceptual structure can be approached along lines familiar from syntactic and phonological theory. From this background, subsequent chapters develop issues in word learning (and its pertinence to the Piaget-Chomsky debate) and the relation of conceptual structure to the understanding of physical space
Semantics and cognition by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

64 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book emphasizes the role of semantics as a bridge between the theory of language and the theories of other cognitive capacities such as visual perception and motor control. It develops the position that the study of semantics of natural language is the study of the structure of thought, and that grammatical structure offers a much more important source of evidence for the theory of cognition than is often supposed by linguists, philosophers, psychologists, or computer scientists. -- Publisher description
A user's guide to thought and meaning by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

23 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning is Jackendoff's most important book since his groundbreaking Foundations of Language. Written with an informality that belies the originality of its insights, it presents a radical new account of the relation between language, meaning, rationality, perception, consciousness, and thought, and, extraordinarily, does this in terms a non-specialist will grasp with ease. Jackendoff starts out by looking at languages and what the meanings of words and sentences actually do. Finding meanings to be more adaptive and complicated than they're commonly given credit for, he is led to some basic questions: how do we perceive and act in the world? How do we talk about it? And how can the collection of neurons in the brain give rise to conscious experience? He shows that the organization of language, thought, and perception does not look much like the way we experience things, and that only a small part of what the brain does is conscious. He concludes that thought and meaning must be almost completely unconscious. What we experience as rational conscious thought--which we prize as setting us apart from the animals--in fact rides on a foundation of unconscious intuition. Rationality amounts to intuition enhanced by language."--Publisher's website
Consciousness and the computational mind by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

43 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il volume si presenta come una trattazione organica giocata su diversi piani (filosofico, linguistico, psicologico) di quelli che sono i temi fondamentali dell'odierno dibattito della scienza cognitiva, con particolare riguardo al problema dell'esperienza cosciente
Semantic structures by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

38 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language, consciousness, culture : essays on mental structure by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

26 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ray Jackendoff's Language, Consciousness, Culture represents a breakthrough in developing an integrated theory of human cognition. It will be of interest to a broad spectrum of cognitive scientists, including linguists, philosophers, psycholinguists, neuroscientists, cognitive anthropologists, and evolutionary psychologists." "Jackendoff argues that linguistics has become isolated from the other cognitive sciences at least partly because of the syntax-based architecture assumed by mainstream generative grammar. He proposes an alternative parallel architecture for the language faculty that permits a greater internal integration of the components of language and connects far more naturally to such larger issues in cognitive neuroscience as language processing, the connection of language to vision, and the evolution of language."--Jacket
Language, logic, and concepts : essays in memory of John Macnamara by John Macnamara( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

X syntax : a study of phrase structure by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

49 editions published between 1977 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The explanatory aim of research within the transformational-generative paradigm is to account for language acquisition. A theory consistent with such an explanatory goal can be conceived of as consisting of three separate (although interactive) parts: (a) hypotheses about what it is that the child brings to the task of attaining any language, (b) hypotheses about what the final state attained looks like, and (c) a specification of the linguistic data available to the child that allow him to attain (b) for any language on the basis of (a). In generally accepted terms, the three parts are (a) 'universal grammar' (UG for short), (b) a 'particular grammar', and (c) the 'triggering experience' or 'primary linguistic data' respectively. In this framework, the investigator will specify the experience to which the child can realistically be assumed to have access and which could mediate between a proposed principle of UG and rules of a particular grammar. Any such triggering experience consists only of the haphazard set of utterances which constitute the child's natural linguistic environment: the child has no systematic information about ungrammaticality of sentences, about paraphrase relations, about ambiguities, etc. -- from (Feb. 14, 2014)
The architecture of the language faculty by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simpler syntax by Peter W Culicover( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offering a compelling perspective on the structure of the human language, this book addresses the proper balance between syntax and semantics, between structure and derivation, and between rule systems and lexicon. It argues that the balance struck by mainstream generative grammar is wrong
Meaning and the lexicon : the parallel architecture, 1975-2010 by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Meaning and the Lexicon brings together 35 years of pathbreaking work on language by Ray Jackendoff. It traces the development of his Parallel Architecture, in which phonology, syntax, and semantics are independent generative components, and in which knowledge of language consists of a repertoire of stored structures. Some of these structures, such as words and morphemes, are idiosyncratic mappings between phonology, syntax, and meaning; some, such as idioms, attach meaning to larger syntactic structures; other structures are purely syntactic or morphosyntactic; and yet others are pieces of meaning with no syntactic or phonological form. The Parallel Architecture also seeks to explain and understand how language is integrated with human cognition, particularly with vision." "Professor Jackendoff examines inherently meaningful syntactic constructions, incorporating insights from Construction Grammar; and he looks at how aspects of meaning can be unexpressed but nevertheless understood, integrating approaches from Generative Lexicon theory. A recurring focus is the balance in grammar between idiosyncrasy, regularity, and semiregularity. The chapters cover a wide range of phenomena, from well-studied domains such as the mass-count distinction, event structure, resultatives, and noun-noun compounds, to offbeat aspects of English grammar such as the time-away construction (We're twistin' the night away), contrastive focus reduplication (Do you LIKE-him-like him?) and the noun-preposition-noun construction (week after week)." "Ray Jackendoff draws on work in a wide range of fields, including linguistics, cognitive science, and philosophy. His writing combines depth of thought with clarity and wit. Meaning and the Lexicon will be read and enjoyed by linguists of all theoretical persuasions, and will be of great interest to cognitive scientists, philosophers, and anyone interested in how language operates in the mind, brain, and human communication."--Jacket
Romanian music for clarinet and piano by Ray Jackendoff( )

4 editions published in 2002 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simpler syntax by Peter W Culicover( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simpler Syntax is addressed to linguists of all persuasions. It will also be of central interest to those concerned with language in psychology, human biology, evolution, computational science, and artificial intellige
An interpretive theory of pronouns and reflexives by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

11 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Structures in the mind : essays on language, music, and cognition in honor of Ray Jackendoff( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The introduction includes appreciations of Ray Jackendoff by various authors
A deep parallel between music and language by Ray Jackendoff( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Patterns in the mind : language and human nature
Alternative Names
Jackendoff, R.

Jackendoff, R. 1945-

Jackendoff, Ray.

Jackendoff, Ray S.

Jackendoff, Ray S. 1945-

Ray Jackendoff American linguist and philosophy professor

Ray Jackendoff Amerikaans taalkundige

Ray Jackendoff linguista statunitense

Ray Jackendoff US-amerikanischer Linguist

Рей Джакендоф

ריי ג'קנדוף

রে জ্যাকেন্ডফ

재켄도프, 레이 1945-

제켄도프, 레이 1945-

ジャッケンドフ, レイ


Foundations of language : brain, meaning, grammar, evolutionA generative theory of tonal musicSemantic interpretation in generative grammarLanguages of the mind : essays on mental representationSemantics and cognitionConsciousness and the computational mindSemantic structuresLanguage, consciousness, culture : essays on mental structure