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Selected Readings on Transformational Theory

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ISBN-10: 0486472590

ISBN-13: 9780486472591

Edition: 2009

Authors: Noam Chomsky, J. P. B. Allen, Paul Van Buren

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These cogent essays on linguistic theory explore the distinguished author and educator's influential concept of generative grammar. The readings form a coherent outline of transformational theory, Chomsky's controversial challenge to structural linguistics. Topics include syntactic structure, features, and categories; phonology, syntax, and semantics; language acquisition; and language teaching.
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Book details

List price: $17.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

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).