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Subject: Case Grammar vs Transformational Grammar
Question: I heard that GTG by Noam Chomsky is already considered as an old
theory, and some people said that that theory is wrong. It makes me
think twice to use that theory for my thesis.

How about case grammar? Is it true that this theory is better that
Transformational grammar?

And where can I find the references via online, because that theory
is not really famous in my country and it is hard to find the
books.

Thank you.

Reply: To add to Prof. Sampson's very sound advice, I would say only that theories of language change as they are tested against further linguistic data, just a theories in other sciences are. They are attempts to describe natural phenomena in ways that are explicit and testable. They aren't intended necessarily as tools for field research such as you are proposing, unless your intent is to test the claims of the theory.

There was an in depth description of English Syntax using Case Grammar that was published in 1973, Robert Stockwell, et al., Major Syntactic Structures of English. It's published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston of Canada. I don't know how much use it would be to you beyond seeing what Case Grammar can do when applied carefully to large parts of English. The date should tell you that linguistically this is quite an old study. It came out in the heyday of Case Grammar, and Case Grammar was superseded over the next few years.

Reply From: Herbert Frederic Stahlke      click here to access email
 
Date: 10-Nov-2012
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Case Grammar vs Transformational Grammar    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (09-Nov-2012)
  2. Re: Case Grammar vs Transformational Grammar    Norvin Richards     (11-Nov-2012)
  3. Re: Case Grammar vs Transformational Grammar    Susan D Fischer     (11-Nov-2012)

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