The Generative Enterprise Revisited: Discussions with Riny Huybregts, Henk van Riemsdijk, Naoki Fukui and Mihoko Zushi

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Walter de Gruyter, Mar 1, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 227 pages

Spanning more than two decades of thinking about generative approaches to Universal Grammar, the two interviews with Noam Chomsky in this book permit a rare and illuminating insight into his views on numerous issues in linguistics and beyond. The first discussion dates from the early days of the so-called Government Binding Theory, the second one took place after a decade of Minimalism. Thereby the evolution and the dynamics in linguistic theorizing are dramatically revealed. Scholars of grammar, cognitive scientists, philosophers will profit by reading this book, but anyone with an ardent interest in this marvellous, eminently human achievement of evolution called language will want to read about it in the words of the undisputed grand master of linguistic research, Noam Chomsky.

 

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Contents

Introduction by Naoki Fukui and Mihoko Zushi
1
The Generative Enterprise
27
Noam Chomsky in Discussion with Riny Huybregts and Henk van Riemsdijk Preface by Riny Huybregts and Henk van Riemsdijk
29
Part I On Linguistics
31
Chapter 1 Language and Cognition
33
Chapter 2 Explanation in Linguistics
53
Chapter 3 The Field
63
Part II On Grammar
85
Chapter 2 Issues in Formal Grammar
110
Chapter 3 Core and Periphery
131
The Generative Enterprise Revisited
145
Noam Chomsky in Discussion with Naoki Fukui and Mihoko Zushi Linguistics in the 21st Century
147
2 Linguistics and other Sciences
170
3 Prospects for the Future
186
Bibliography
189
Index
199

Chapter 1 A Historical Perspective
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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the MIT.

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