Syntactic Structures

ISBN-10: 3110172798
ISBN-13: 9783110172799
Edition: 2nd 2002
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List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
Publication date: 11/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 135
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

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.

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community. Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War. Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).

Introduction to Second Edition
Preface
Introduction
The Independence of Grammar
An Elementary Linguistic Theory
Phrase Structure
Limitations of Phrase Structure Description
On the Goals of Linguistic Theory
Some Transformations in English
The Explanatory Power of Linguistic Theory
Syntax and Semantics
Summary
Appendix I: Notations and Terminology
Appendix II: Examples of English Phrase Structure and Transformational Rules
Bibliography

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