Brilliantly insightful on the connections between language and consciousness.

The book comprises a series of essays on mental structure. They form the 2007 Jean Nicod Lectures. Jackendoff explores the mental structures involved in different cognitive domains. As such, they constitute a welcome and thorough analysis of the workings of the neocortex. This analysis is not performed from a neuroscientific perspective. Thus, there is little by way of reference to Broca’s area or the orbitofrontal cortex, for example. Rather, the analysis is more abstract and more theoretical. It is about what connections and computations the brain must make in order to achieve what it does. Its analysis of thought, language and consciousness is especially penetrating.

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