Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

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M.I.T. Press, Jan 1, 1965 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 251 pages
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Beginning in the mid-fifties and emanating largely form MIT, and approach wasdeveloped to linguistic theory and to the study of the structure of particular languages thatdiverges in many respects from modern linguistics. Although this approach is connected to thetraditional study of languages, it differs enough in its specific conclusions about the structureand in its specific conclusions about the structure of language to warrant a name, "generativegrammar."Various deficiencies have been discovered in the first attempts to formulate a theory oftransformational generative grammar and in the descriptive analysis of particular languages thatmotivated these formulations. At the same time, it has become apparent that these formulations canbe extended and deepened.The major purpose of this book is to review these developments and topropose a reformulation of the theory of transformational generative grammar that takes them intoaccount. The emphasis in this study is syntax; semantic and phonological aspects of the languagestructure are discussed only insofar as they bear on syntactic theory.

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User Review  - People say my name should be Jeff - Goodreads

I don't give this one star only because this book spurred a great deal of research in Linguistics. Read full review

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User Review  - Marcus Lira - Goodreads

Nice work by Chomsky, it's one of his early (but apparently over-rated) works. Dense, interesting and really creative. Of all things stated in this book, I just can't buy his arguments for the ... Read full review

About the author (1965)

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community. Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War. Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).