Linguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative Grammar (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

Linguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative Grammar (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

Marcus Tomalin


The formal sciences, fairly arithmetic, have had a profound effect at the improvement of linguistics. This insightful review seems at thoughts that have been brought within the fields of arithmetic, common sense and philosophy throughout the 20th century, and explores their impact at the paintings of varied linguists. particularly, it discusses the 'foundations challenge' that destabilised arithmetic at the beginning of the 20th century, the varied comparable events which sought to answer this situation, and the way they stimulated the advance of syntactic conception within the Nineteen Fifties. The booklet concludes via discussing the ensuing significant outcomes for syntactic concept, and offers a close reassessment of Chomsky's early paintings on the introduction of Generative Grammar. Informative and revealing, this ebook can be useful to all these operating in formal linguistics, particularly these drawn to its historical past and improvement.

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