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New Grammarians' Funeral A Critique of Noam Chomsky's Linguistics

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ISBN-10: 0521293162

ISBN-13: 9780521293167

Edition: 1978

Authors: Ian Robinson

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This is probably the sharpest consideration of Chomskyan linguistics yet to appear. Ian Robinson argues that it is important to recognise Chomsky's positive achievement as a definition of the domain of traditional syntax in the context of an adherence to traditional grammar. But this strictly limited achievement offers no basis for many of the claims made for linguistics. Chomsky's views of language as a whole are narrow and conceptually confused; his psychology is based on the predication of unnecessary entities; and the central ambition to make linguistics a natural science is deeply misconceived. The common reader will find the argument clear and invigorating. The study of language…    
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/4/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Preface to the 1978 impression
Works by Chomsky
G++The science of languageG++
ChomskyG++s grammar to the rescue
The limits of transformational-generative grammar
ChomskyG++s temptations and falls, or the strange tale of (i) The acquisition device; (ii) Code; (iii) Linguistic universals
The wild goose chase of meaning out of language: Chomskyan semantics I: universal concepts
Chomskyan semantics II: making propositions (i) Sense and logic; (ii) Reference; (iii) Absolute meaning; (iv) The super-language; Note: ChomskyG++s mistakes
Linguistics and philosophy: ChomskyG++s failure with Wittgenstein
Linguistics and everything else
G++The science of languageG++ revisited