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The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism


reviewed by William O’Grady - October 25, 2007

coverTitle: The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism
Author(s): Tom Roeper
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262182521, Pages: 355, Year: 2007
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At a number of points in this unique book, Tom Roeper observes that an essential feature of language is the capacity for recursion, the capacity to reproduce something inside itself. The Prism of Grammar is itself an exercise in recursion—a book about language acquisition, inside a book about language, inside a book about humanism. Roeper introduces the humanist orientation of his work in the first chapter, outlining his commitment “to confront the great issues of the age, the ‘good’ and the ‘evil’ of linguistics and of life” (p. 4)—a theme to which he returns at greater length in the book’s final four chapters, which are grouped together in a section entitled “Finding Philosophy and Morality in Every Sentence.” His central thesis is that respect for human dignity must be paramount (p. 296) and that science incompatible with this ideal should be suspect. The science of language that Roeper envisions and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 25, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14686, Date Accessed: 9/18/2019 2:35:22 PM

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  • William O’Grady
    University of Hawaii
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    WILLIAM O’GRADY, professor of linguistics at the University of Hawaii, has a long-standing interest in language acquisition and has written extensively on the subject. His recent publications include How Children Learn Language (Cambridge, 2005) and Syntactic Carpentry (Erlbaum, 2005).
 
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