Nativism: In Defense of the Representational Interpretation

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (3):303-315 (2009)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Linguistic competence, in general terms, involves the ability to learn, understand, and speak a language. The nativist view in the philosophy of linguistics holds that the principal foundation of linguistic competence is an innate faculty of linguistic cognition. In this paper, close scrutiny is given to nativism's fundamental commitments in the area of metaphysics. In the course of this exploration it is argued that any minimally defensible variety of nativism is, for better or worse, married to two theses: linguistic competence is grounded in a faculty of linguistic cognition that is (i) embodied and (ii) whose operating rules are represented in the brains of human language users
ISBN(s)
1333-1108
PhilPapers/Archive ID
HOFNID
Revision history
Archival date: 2012-10-18
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2010-05-29

Total views
365 ( #8,483 of 41,616 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
53 ( #11,288 of 41,616 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.