Noam Chomsky develops his thinking on the relation between language, mind and brain.
Including transcripts of three lectures and an interview, this work presents results from noted linguist Chomsky's November 1999 visit to the University of Siena's Certosa di Pontignano, a secluded research center. The varied collection of essays offers a unique introduction to the minimalist approach to linguistics, which views language as optimally enabling the brain to express thought. Adriana Belletti and Luigi Rizzi, two University of Siena linguistics professors, contribute a lengthy introductory essay highlighting progress in linguistic research (Chapter 1) as well as a transcript of their interview with Chomsky (Chapter 4). Both in the interview and the lectures reproduced in Chapters 2 and 3, Chomsky explains how the minimalist approach fits with other scientific research. In Chapter 5, he discusses political topics. Among Chomsky's other publications exploring minimalism, New Horizons in the Study of Language and the Mind is the most similar to this work. While comparable in length, New Horizons offers seven essays that provide more depth than the Italian lectures or interview. Recommended for academic libraries that support linguistics programs.-Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.