Two major views of human mental processes: modularity and connecionism. Purpose: how does language relate to the rest of our mental abiliies. Level of analysis of an informaion-processing system: computaional based in linguisics, chomsky determine the rules between input form and meaning. Chomsky: based upon syntacic rules for specifying how words maybe put together to make uterances: representaional. Measure aspects of behavior such as the ime it takes to determine the meaning of a sentence. Inferring abstract mental processes: implementaion, algorithms: a speciic process account of a acion series which always produce a correct answer. Naivist hypothesis: knowledge required for language is extremely subtle and extensive, therefore it must be part of our geneic inheritance (modern linguisics) Tacic knowledge: much of knowledge is not of the explicit sort that can be ariculated. Phonology: the sound patern of language, including basic elements (phonemes) and the rules for their combinaion.