The Linguistics Wars

The Linguistics Wars
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 368
ISBN 019534460X
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When it was first published in 1957, Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structure seemed to be just a logical expansion of the reigning approach to linguistics. Soon, however, there was talk from Chomsky and his associates about plumbing mental structure; then there was a new phonology; and then there was a new set of goals for the field, cutting it off completely from its anthropological roots and hitching it to a new brand of psychology. Rapidly, all of Chomsky's ideas swept the field. While the entrenched linguists were not looking for a messiah, apparently many of their students were. There was a revolution, which colored the field of linguistics for the following decades. Chomsky's assault on Bloomfieldianism (also known as American Structuralism) and his development of Transformational-Generative Grammar was promptly endorsed by new linguistic recruits swelling the discipline in the sixties. Everyone was talking of a scientific revolution in linguistics, and major breakthroughs seemed imminent, but something unexpected happened--Chomsky and his followers had a vehement and public falling out. In The Linguistic Wars, Randy Allen Harris tells how Chomsky began reevaluating the field and rejecting the extensions his students and erstwhile followers were making. Those he rejected (the Generative Semanticists) reacted bitterly, while new students began to pursue Chomsky's updated vision of language. The result was several years of infighting against the backdrop of the notoriously prickly sixties. The outcome of the dispute, Harris shows, was not simply a matter of a good theory beating out a bad one. The debates followed the usual trajectory of most large-scale clashes, scientific or otherwise. Both positions changed dramatically in the course of the dispute--the triumphant Chomskyan position was very different from the initial one; the defeated generative semantics position was even more transformed. Interestingly, important features of generative semantics have since made their way into other linguistic approaches and continue to influence linguistics to this very day. And fairly high up on the list of borrowers is Noam Chomsky himself. The repercussions of the Linguistics Wars are still with us, not only in the bruised feelings and late-night war stories of the combatants, and in the contentious mood in many quarters, but in the way linguists currently look at language and the mind. Full of anecdotes and colorful portraits of key personalities, The Linguistics Wars is a riveting narrative of the course of an important intellectual controversy, and a revealing look into how scientists and scholars contend for theoretical glory.

The Linguistics Wars
  • Author : Randy Allen Harris
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1995-03-09

When it was first published in 1957, Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structure seemed to be just a logical expansion of the reigning approach to linguistics. Soon, however, there was talk from Chomsky and his associates about plumbing mental structure; then there was a new phonology; and then there was a new set

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The Linguistics Wars
  • Author : Randy Allen Harris
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1995-03-09

When it was first published in 1957, Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structure seemed to be just a logical expansion of the reigning approach to linguistics. Soon, however, there was talk from Chomsky and his associates about plumbing mental structure; then there was a new phonology; and then there was a new set

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The Linguistics Wars
  • Author : Randy Allen Harris
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 1995-03-09

Since the mid-twentieth century, the field of linguistics has been a tumultuous discipline. The Linguistics Wars tells the story of the acrimonious schism, during the sixties and seventies, that divided the ranks of linguistics after the publication of Noam Chomsky's influental Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. This schism began

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The Linguistics Wars
  • Author : Randy Allen Harris
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 1995-03-09

Since the mid-twentieth century, the field of linguistics has been a tumultuous discipline. The Linguistics Wars tells the story of the acrimonious schism, during the sixties and seventies, that divided the ranks of linguistics after the publication of Noam Chomsky's influental Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. This schism began

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The Linguistics Wars
  • Author : Randy Allen Harris
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 1995-03-09

Since the mid-twentieth century, the field of linguistics has been a tumultuous discipline. The Linguistics Wars tells the story of the acrimonious schism, during the sixties and seventies, that divided the ranks of linguistics after the publication of Noam Chomsky's influental Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. This schism began

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Linguistic Theory in America
  • Author : Frederick J. Newmeyer
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2014-06-28

Linguistic Theory in America

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Decoding Chomsky
  • Author : Chris Knight
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-27

A fresh and fascinating look at the philosophies, politics, and intellectual legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and controversial minds Occupying a pivotal position in postwar thought, Noam Chomsky is both the founder of modern linguistics and the world’s most prominent political dissident. Chris Knight

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Chomskyan  r evolutions
  • Author : Douglas A. Kibbee
  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010

Chomsky's atavistic revolution (with a little help from his enemies) / John E. Joseph -- The equivocation of form and notation in generative grammar / Christopher Beedham -- Chomsky's paradigm : what it includes and what it excludes / Joanna Radwanska-Williams -- "Scientific revolutions" and other kinds of regime change / Stephen O. Murray --

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Syntactic Structures
  • Author : Noam Chomsky
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2020-05-29

Read online Syntactic Structures written by Noam Chomsky, published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG which was released on 2020-05-29. Download full Syntactic Structures Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Ideology and Linguistic Theory
  • Author : John A. Goldsmith,Geoffrey J. Huck
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-11

In The Ideological Structure of Linguistic Theory Geoffrey J. Huck and John A. Goldsmith provide a revisionist account of the development of ideas about semantics in modern theories of language, focusing particularly on Chomsky's very public rift with the Generative Semanticists about the concept of Deep Structure.

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The Language Wars
  • Author : Henry Hitchings
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2011-10-25

The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter, and have always really been about contesting values-morality, politics, and class. The Language Wars examines the present state of the conflict, its history, and its future. Above all, it uses the past

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War of Words
  • Author : Sandra Silberstein
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2004-08-02

In a media age, wars are waged not only with bombs and planes but also with video and sound bites. War of Words is an incisive report from the linguistic battlefields, probing the tales told about September 11th to show how Americans created consensus in the face of terror. Capturing

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The Language War
  • Author : Robin Tolmach Lakoff
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2001-08-17

An exploration of who holds power in America today, and how they use it, keep it or lose it. The text argues that the struggle for power and status at the end of the 20th century is being played out as a war over language.

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Noam Chomsky
  • Author : Robert F. Barsky
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 1998

Barsky describes the intellectual and political milieu that helped shape Chomsky, a pivotal figure in contemporary linguistics, politics, cognitive psychology and philosophy, and reveals the consistency of Chomsky's interests and principles.

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Language Wars and Linguistic Politics
  • Author : Louis-Jean Calvet
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 1998

Non-linguistic conflicts are often projected on to language differences, and may be played out in the language policies of governments and other holders of power. This text deals broadly with this interaction of language issues and political process.

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