Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Cartesian and empirical linguistics: The growing gulf

Eoghan MacAogáin a1
a1 Linguistics Institute of Ireland, Dublin 2, Ireland


Jackendoff's Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution (2002) achieves a major shift in the focus and methods of Generative Linguistics (GL). Yet some of the original restrictive features of GL, cognitivism and Cartesianism in particular, remain intact in the new work and take on a more extreme form with the addition of a phenomenalist ontology.