The cognitive sciences of language attempt to investigate how language works, how it interfaces with other cognitive procedures - in ordinary situations as well as in pathological contexts - and if some of its functions can be reproduced artificially. This book introduces the reader to the various areas that contribute to the discipline: philosophy, linguistics, computer science, psychology, biology, and the study of language pathologies. The end result is an integrated account of linguistic phenomena that comprises centuries of thought concerning humans' ability to speak and the most recent scientific discoveries. Cognitive sciences of language offer a new image of the most ancient topic of human study - an image that is consistent with both contemporary experimental science and common sense insights.
Contents: Introduction, by A. Pennisi and P. Perconti. - 1. Philosophy of the Mind, by P. Perconti. - 2. Biology, Language, Evolution, by A. Falzone. - 3. Cognitive Linguistics, by M. Mazzone. - 4. Language and Memory, by A. Velardi. - 5. Neurocomputational Models of Language, by A. Plebe. - 6. Language Pathology and Psychopathology, by A. Pennisi. - Bibliography. - Indexes.
Antonino Pennisi teaches Philosophy of Language at the University of Messina.
Perconti teaches Philosophy of the Mind at the University of Messina.