Acknowledgements Prologue Part I: Ever Since Chomsky Chapter 1: Mind matters: Chomsky?s dangerous idea Chapter 2: The mechanization of the mind picture Chapter 3: How the mind grows: From Meno to Noam Part II: Unweaving the sentence Chapter 4: Mental chemistry Chapter 5: The variety of linguistic experience: The towers of Babel and Pisa Chapter 6: All the roads lead to Universal Grammar Part III: The mental foundations of behavior Chapter 7: Making sense of meaning: An instruction manual Chapter 8: Wonderful mental life: Unthinkable in the absence of Language Chapter 9: Grammar caught in the act Part IV: Missing links Chapter 10: The (mis)measure of mind Chapter 11: Homo combinans Chapter 12: Computational organology Epilogue Notes Study guide References Index
Cedric Boeckx is Research Professor at the Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), and a member of the Center for Theoretical Linguistics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Most recently he was Associate Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. He is the author of Islands and Chains (2003), Linguistic Minimalism (2006), Understanding Minimalist Syntax (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Bare Syntax (2008); and the founding co-editor, with Kleanthes K. Grohmann, of the Open Access journal Biolinguistics.
"Amongst the book's strengths, particularly commendable are the connections made to other cognitive domains and the biological sciences." (The Linguist, July 2010) "Although each subsection is brief, the author includes chapter-by-chapter notes of cited material at the end of the text. The motivated reader will have no trouble tracking down the primary sources that the author discusses." (PsycCRITIQUES, March 2010)