ERIC Number: ED024045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May-15
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Explanations of Linguistic Rules by G.H. Mead and B.F. Skinner. Final Report.
This report comprises a description of the linguistic research carried out at the University of Arizona in 1967 on the subject of language rules. The approach originally envisaged was to consider the possibility that rules of language are informed and supported by, take their existence only within, and are thus virtually inseparabl" from, the entire way of life within which the language functions. It was proposed, in particular, to examine relevant work done by Mead and Skinner. The first task was to survey the mass of literature on the question: this resulted in a bibliography of some 2,500 titles. It was found that the prevailing drift of opinion on the part of scholars in linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and education was to the effect that criticism such as those of Chomsky had definitively shown the inadequacy of "behavioristic" explanations of language such as those of Mead and Skinner. This called for a careful examination of the implications of recent work in generative and transformational grammars, subsummable under the general topic "Mentalism in Linguistics." A Symposium on Thought and Language was held at the University o f Arizona in February 23-24, 1968, the proceedings of which will be published in 1969 by the University of Arizona Press under th e title "Thought and Language: An Interdisciplinary Symposium." Authors will be J.L. Cowan, G. Mandler, C. Osgood, Z. Vendler, P. Ziff, and R. Wells. See related document AL 001 607. (AMM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson.