## Linguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative GrammarThe formal sciences, particularly mathematics, have had a profound influence on the development of linguistics. This insightful overview looks at techniques that were introduced in the fields of mathematics, logic and philosophy during the twentieth century, and explores their effect on the work of various linguists. In particular, it discusses the 'foundations crisis' that destabilised mathematics at the start of the twentieth century, the numerous related movements which sought to respond to this crisis, and how they influenced the development of syntactic theory in the 1950s. The book concludes by discussing the resulting major consequences for syntactic theory, and provides a detailed reassessment of Chomsky's early work at the advent of Generative Grammar. Informative and revealing, this book will be invaluable to all those working in formal linguistics, in particular those interested in its history and development. |

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Linguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative Grammar Marcus Tomalin No preview available - 2008 |

Linguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative Grammar Marcus Tomalin No preview available - 2006 |

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Ajdukiewicz appeared aspects assessment associated attempt axioms Bar-Hillel basic Bloomfield calculus Cantor Carnap Carnapian chapter Chomsky Chomsky’s complex concerning Consequently considerations considered constructional system theory context defined derived development of TGG discovery procedures discussed in section early emphasised example explicitly explored extralogical finite formal languages formal sciences Formalist foundations given Goodman and Quine grammar Harris Hilbert Hockett ideas indicated infinite influence instance introduced linear grammar linguistic theory logical empiricism logical syntax logicians LSLT mathematics meaning metamathematics methodology morphemes natural language nominalistic notion number theory paper particular passage philosophical phrase structure post-Bloomfieldians predicate primitive primitive recursive functions problem proof theory Quine’s recursive definitions recursive function theory relation Russell’s semantics sentences sequence set theory simplicity criteria specific statements strings structural linguistics suggests summarised symbolic logic syntactic analysis syntactic theory system theory task techniques theoretical theory-internal tion topic transformation rules twentieth century validity various Vienna Circle

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Page xii - Chomsky's 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 ordinarily understood by experts in those fields.