LINGUIST List 10.112

Mon Jan 25 1999

Books: Linguistic Theory

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Language Form and Language Function, Frederick J. Newmeyer

Message 1: Language Form and Language Function, Frederick J. Newmeyer

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 16:39:08 -0400
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Language Form and Language Function, Frederick J. Newmeyer

Language Form and Language Function
by Frederick J. Newmeyer

The two basic approaches to linguistics are the formalist and the
functionalist approaches. In this monograph, Frederick J. Newmeyer, a
formalist, argues that both approaches are valid. However, because
formal and functional linguists have avoided direct confrontation, they
remain unaware of the compatability of their results. One of the
author's goals is to make each side accessible to the other. While
remaining an ardent formalist, Newmeyer stresses the limitations of a
narrow formalist outlook that refuses to consider that anything of
interest might have been discovered in the course of
functionalist-oriented research. He argues that the basic principles of
generative grammar, in interaction with principles in other linguistic
domains, provide compelling accounts of phenomena that functionalists
have used to try to refute the generative approach.

Frederick J. Newmeyer is Chair of the Department of Linguistics,
University of Washington.

Language, Speech, and Communication series
6 x 9, 400 pp., 6 illus.
cloth ISBN 0-262-14064-0

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