Chomsky s Minimalism

Chomsky's Minimalism will generate controversy among linguists in its attack on the fundamental assumptions used by an entire generation of researchers.

Chomsky s Minimalism

Chomsky s Minimalism

Noam Chomsky's current theory, published in 1995, is known as The Minimalist Program and has been presented as his crowning achievement. It argues, familiarly, that there exists a universal grammar that is hardwired, and that, like an efficient machine, this grammar will tend to use the least possible number of constraints (phonetically and syntactically) to produce an utterance. Minimalism has spawned in linguistics an entire research program, despite being fundamentally misguided, according to distinguished linguist and philosopher of language Pieter Seuren. Seuren's accessible and spirited attack argues that the Minimalist Program is deeply flawed. He proposes that it fails to satisfy the basic criteria for sound scientific work, such as respect for data, unambiguous formulations, and falsifiability. Seuren points to the original acrimonious split in the 1960s and 1970s between Chomsky's generative grammar and the alternative generative semantics proposed by his followers, and argues that the latter theory was sounder and unfairly suppressed. Seuren maintains that this suppression--and the cult surrounding Chomsky and Minimalism more generally--has done great damage to linguistics by impairing open discussion of empirical issues and excluding valid alternatives. Chomsky's Minimalism will generate controversy among linguists in its attack on the fundamental assumptions used by an entire generation of researchers.

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Chomsky's Minimalism
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Pieter A. M. Seuren
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-08-26 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Noam Chomsky's current theory, published in 1995, is known as The Minimalist Program and has been presented as his crowning achievement. It argues, familiarly, that there exists a universal grammar that is hardwired, and that, like an efficient machine, this grammar will tend to use the least possible number of
Chomsky's Minimalism
Language: en
Pages: 244
Authors: Pieter A. M. Seuren
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Noam Chomsky's current theory, published in 1995, is known as The Minimalist Program and has been presented as his crowning achievement. Minimalism has spawned in linguistics an entire research program, despite being fundamentally misguided, according to distinguished linguist and philosopher of language Pieter Seuren. Seuren's accessible and spirited attack argues
Interfaces + Recursion = Language?
Language: en
Pages: 295
Authors: Uli Sauerland, Hans-Martin Gärtner
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-01-01 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

Human language is a phenomenon of immense richness: It provides finely nuanced means of expression that underlie the formation of culture and society; it is subject to subtle, unexpected constraints like syntactic islands and cross-over phenomena; different mutually-unintelligeable individual languages are numerous; and the descriptions of individual languages occupy thousands
The Minimalist Program
Language: en
Pages: 408
Authors: Noam Chomsky
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-12-19 - Publisher: MIT Press

The Minimalist Program consists of four recent essays that attempt to situate linguistic theory in the broader cognitive sciences. In these essays the minimalist approach to linguistic theory is formulated and progressively developed. Building on the theory of principles and parameters and, in particular, on principles of economy of derivation
Reflection's on Chomsky's Strong Minimalist Thesis
Language: en
Pages: 373
Authors: 鈴木憲夫
Categories: Generative grammar
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-05 - Publisher: 春風社

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