In From Molecule to Metaphor, Jerome Feldman proposes a theory oflanguage and thought that treats language not as an abstract symbol system but as ahuman biological ability that can be studied as a function of the brain, as visionand motor control are studied. This theory, he writes, is a "bridging theory" thatworks from extensive knowledge at two ends of a causal chain to explicate the linksbetween. Although the cognitive sciences are revealing much about how our brainsproduce language and thought, we do not yet know exactly how words are understood orhave any methodology for finding out. Feldman develops his theory in computersimulations--formal models that suggest ways that language and thought may berealized in the brain. Combining key findings and theories from biology, computerscience, linguistics, and psychology, Feldman synthesizes a theory by exhibitingprograms that demonstrate the required behavior while remaining consistent with thefindings from all disciplines.After presenting the essential results on language, learning, neural computation, the biology of neurons and neural circuits, and themind/brain, Feldman introduces specific demonstrations and formal models of suchtopics as how children learn their first words, words for abstract and metaphoricalconcepts, understanding stories, and grammar (including "hot-button" issuessurrounding the innateness of human grammar). With this accessible, comprehensivebook Feldman offers readers who want to understand how our brains create thought andlanguage a theory of language that is intuitively plausible and also consistent withexisting scientific data at all levels.
|Book:||From Molecule To Metaphor: A Neural Theory Of Language|
|Publisher:||Mit Press (ma)|
|Number of Pages:||377|
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