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Michael Devitt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199250960.001.0001

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Some Actual Positions on Psychological Reality

Some Actual Positions on Psychological Reality

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(p.62) 4 Some Actual Positions on Psychological Reality
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Ignorance of Language
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Michael Devitt (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0199250960.003.0004

This chapter places some historically interesting actual positions among the possible positions on psychological reality, on linguistic competence. There is strong evidence that Chomsky is committed to the Representational Thesis (RT), but that commitment is open to question. Although Fodor, Bever, and Garrett, Bresnan and Kaplan, and Berwick and Weinberg all seem to subscribe to RT, it is often unclear what role, if any, RT plays in their theories of language use. Matthews rejects RT. His view of the psychological reality is hard to distinguish from the uncontroversial minimal position according to which the processing rules simply “respect” the linguistic rules.

Keywords:   linguistic competence, Chomsky, Representational Thesis, RT, Fodor, Bever, Garrett, Bresnan, Kaplan, Berwick

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