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Although certainly dated, "Aspects" is an admirable and, to date, unsurpassed attempt at defining a theory for the study of language, with coherent, consistent and systematic scientific grounding.
Many points made in the book will seem to the modern reader very clearly misguided and at times circular, but since it's publication it's been the analytical basis for the study of language and bears influence further still in the foundations of cognitive psychology, which last to this day.
Personally, I find this book to be the place to go if you wanna learn the formal approach to linguistics, however, to learn the subject seriously and adequately, there'll be some decades of research to update yourself with.
If you are new to Linguistics: this is where to start.
If you're interested in cognitive psych: right this way
If you're interested in philosophy: take a good look here
Landmark book, but you need to take it for what it is. A place to learn where to move from.
 

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A great leap forward on the long way down.

Review: Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

User Review  - Gary Bruff - Goodreads

Chomsky's Aspects is usually divided by readers into two parts--the philosophical part and the nuts-and-bolts part. I will treat the two parts here separately. The Methodological Preliminaries section ... Read full review

Review: Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

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

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User Review  - Joshua Casteel - Goodreads

Awe-inspiring, but still an essentially cauldrony-esoteric approach to a perfectly human behavior. Where's the beef? Read full review


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