Syntactic Structures

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Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 117 pages
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Noam Chomsky's first book on syntactic structures is one of the first serious attempts on the part of a linguist to construct within the tradition of scientific theory-construction a comprehensive theory of language which may be understood in the same sense that a chemical, biological theory is understood by experts in those fields. It is not a mere reorganization of the data into a new kind of library catalogue, nor another specualtive philosophy about the nature of man and language, but rather a rigorus explication of our intuitions about our language in terms of an overt axiom system, the theorems derivable from it, explicit results which may be compared with new data and other intuitions, all based plainly on an overt theory of the internal structure of languages; and it may well provide an opportunity for the application of explicity measures of simplicity to decide preference of one form over another form of grammar.
 

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Review: Syntactic Structures

User Review  - Ahmad Ahmadian - Goodreads

Chomsky's "Syntactic Structures" deals with purification and establishment of a theory of syntax. There are certain arguments in this book which I could not get at all, for instance his notion and use ... Read full review

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User Review  - Barefoot Danger - Goodreads

To a reader in 2015, this book isn't nearly as eye-opening as it must have been when it was published nearly 60 years ago. Most of what's in here is taught in Linguistics 101 classes, so without the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
The Independence of Grammar
13
An Elementary Linguistic Theory
18
Phrase Structure
26
Limitations of Phrase Structure Description
34
On the Goals of Linguistic Theory
49
Some Transformations in English
61
The Explanatory Power of Linguistic Theory
85
Syntax and Semantics
92
Summary
106
Notations and Terminology
109
Examples of English Phrase Structure and Transformational Rules
111
Bibliography
115
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"Noam Chomsky" is Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

"David W. Lightfoot" is Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.

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