What Remains of Our Knowledge of Language?: Reply to Collins

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (22):557-75 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The new Chomskian orthodoxy denies that our linguistic competence gives us knowledge *of* a language, and that the representations in the language faculty are representations *of* anything. In reply, I have argued that through their intuitions speaker/hearers, (but not their language faculties) have knowledge of language, though not of any externally existing language. In order to count as knowledge, these intuitions must track linguistic facts represented in the language faculty. I defend this idea against the objections Collins has raised to such an account.

Author's Profile

Barry C. Smith
School of Advanced Study, University of London


Added to PP

555 (#16,280)

6 months
28 (#47,733)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?