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What remains of our knowledge of language? reply to Collins

Smith, Barry C. (2008) What remains of our knowledge of language? reply to Collins. Croatian Journal of Philosophy (22), pp. 57-76. ISSN 1333-1108.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): knowledge of language, representations of language, language faculty, intuitions, linguistic self-knowledge
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 12:42
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19

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