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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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 12:42
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:53


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