This collection of articles and associated discussion papers focuses on a problem that has attracted increasing attention from linguists and psychologists throughout the world during the past several years. Reduced to essentials, the problem is that of discovering the character of the mental capacities that make it possible for human beings to attain knowledge of their language on the basis of fragmentary and haphazard early linguistic experience. A fundamental assumption running through all of these contributions is that people possess strong innate predispositions that are critical for success in this task.
About the Editor
John McCarthy is Professor of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. McCarthy and Wright are the coauthors of Technology as Experience (MIT Press) and Experience-Centered Design.