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Hardcover | $58.00 Short | £48.95 | 440 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 2 color illus., 10 b&w illus., 59 line drawings | October 2015 | ISBN: 9780262029421
eBook | $41.00 Short | October 2015 | ISBN: 9780262331784
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Structures in the Mind

Essays on Language, Music, and Cognition in Honor of Ray Jackendoff

Overview

This volume offers new research in cognitive science by leading scholars, exploring different areas of cognition with an emphasis on language. The contributions—in such fields as linguistic theory, psycholinguistics, evolution, and consciousness—reflect the thriving interdisciplinary scholarship in cognitive science today. Ray Jackendoff’s pioneering cross-disciplinary work was instrumental in establishing the field, and Structures in the Mind, with contributions from Jackendoff’s colleagues and former students, is a testament to his lasting influence.

After an introduction that includes short reflections on Jackendoff’s work by such scholars as Paul Bloom, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Partee, and Steven Pinker, the book presents chapters on linguistics, which build on Jackendoff’s theories of conceptual semantics and parallel architectures; psycholinguistics, reaching from linguistics to psychology and neuroscience; and other topics as varied as the evolution of linguistic and musical abilities, consciousness, music theory, and the grammar of comics—with this particular chapter taking the form of a comic. The chapters present fresh data, bold claims, and stimulating theoretical discussions, offering a celebration of cognitive science today.

Contributors
Daniel Büring, Neil Cohn, Peter W. Culicover, Daniel Dennett, Cecily Jill Duffield, W. Tecumseh Fitch, Lila Gleitman, Jane Grimshaw, Yosef Grodzinsky, Katharina Hartmann, Albert Kim, Max Soowon Kim, Barbara Landau, Fred Lerdahl, Willem J. M. Levelt, Joan Maling, Bhuvana Narasimhan, Urpo Nikanne, Catherine O’Connor, Maria Mercedes Piñango, Daniel Silverman, Henk Verkuyl, Heike Wiese, Eva Wittenberg, Edgar B. Zurif, Joost Zwarts

About the Editors

Ida Toivonen is Associate Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science and School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa.

Piroska Csúri is Associate Lecturer at Universidad de San Andres, Argentina.

Emile Van Der Zee is Principal Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, U.K.