Linguistic Theory and Psychological Reality
350 pp., 6 x 9 in,
- Published: March 16, 1981
- Published: May 15, 1978
Central to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 'TheOak and the Calf'... is his critical, controversial portrait of the late Aleksandr Tvardovsky, editor of the liberal Soviet journal Novy Mir which launched Solzhenitsyn as awriter. Now we have a powerful rebuttal,written originally in samizdat by Novy Mir 'sdeputy editor-literary critic who witnessedthe tense events Solzhenitsyn relates in hismemoir.... Point by point he takes onSolzhenitsyn's charges against Tvardovsky.... Lakshin"s bill of particulars is notmere internecine squabble but rather an authentic attempt to right the record, a telling, important document.
Vladimir Lakshin, a man of great stature,has defended Tvardovsky... providing enough information about Solzhenitsyn's methods in the process to end many mysteries about him. And with his reputation for literary excellence and personal honesty, Lakshin can be neither dismissed nor explained away...
A fine collection, containing important new proposals nicely blended with background information to form a lively and informative survey of recent research on a variety of topics centering around the question of how linguistic information is acquired, represented, and used.
This collection of nine papers, all appearing for the first time... represents a reevaluation of some of the basic tenets of transformational grammar theory in response to the issue of psychological reality, and it offers some observations about real language behavior that relate to this problem.
The Linguistic Reporter
This superb collection of nine important papers by some of the most interesting thinkers in linguistics and psychology covers a wide variety of topics, from syntactic theory, to process models, to neurolinguistics, to language acquisition. However, even within this diversity, there are several common threads woven through many of the papers that suggest where much of the future research on the psychology of language will take place. Three topics repeatedly discussed are the lexicon, task specificity, and the relation between linguistic and conceptual knowledge.