Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

Paperback, 261 pages

English language

Published March 15, 1969 by The MIT Press.

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Noam Chomsky's 'Aspects of the theory of syntax', published in 1965, was a landmark work in generative grammar that introduced certain technical innovations still drawn upon in contemporary work. The fiftieth anniversary edition of this influential book includes a new preface by the author that identifies proposals that seem to be of lasting significance, reviews changes and improvements in the formulation and implementation of basic ideas, and addresses some of the controversies that arose over the general framework. Beginning in the mid-fifties and emanating largely from MIT, linguists developed an approach to linguistic theory and to the study of the structure of particular languages that diverged in many respects from conventional modern linguistics. Although the new approach was connected to the traditional study of languages, it differed enough in its specific conclusions about the structure of language to warrant a name, 'generative grammar'. Various deficiencies were discovered in the first …

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  • Grammar, syntax, linguistic structure
  • Philosophy
  • Language
  • Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Syntax
  • General
  • Grammar
  • Linguistics
  • Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics
  • Grammar, Comparative and gener