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Fri Jun 11 2004

Books: Syntax: Chomsky

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  1. julia.ulrich, The Generative Enterprise Revisited: Chomsky

Message 1: The Generative Enterprise Revisited: Chomsky

Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 13:57:08 -0400 (EDT)
From: julia.ulrich <>
Subject: The Generative Enterprise Revisited: Chomsky

Title: The Generative Enterprise Revisited
Subtitle: Discussions with Riny Huybregts, Henk van Riemsdijk, Naoki
	 Fukui and Mihoko Zushi
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Author: Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Paperback: ISBN: 3110180014, Pages: xvi, 212 pages, Price: EURO: 19.95
	Comment: With a New Foreword by Noam Chomsky

Spanning more than two decades of thinking about generative approaches
to Universal Grammar, the two interviews with Noam Chomsky in this
book permit a rare and illuminating insight into his views on numerous
issues in linguistics and beyond. The first discussion dates from the
early days of the so-called Government Binding Theory, the second one
took place after a decade of Minimalism. Thereby the evolution and the
dynamics in linguistic theorizing are dramatically revealed. Not
surprisingly, perhaps, many of the struggles that generative linguists
faced in the early 80s, when trying to establish themselves in
academia, are raging just as fiercely in these early years of the new
century. New opportunities have arisen, cognitive neuroscience is
progressing, but many of the core issues are as difficult to tackle
now as they were then. Chomsky's always frank and direct answers and
statements, helped along by the pleasantly informal atmosphere of the
discussions, make this book not only a valuable source of
enlightenment but also an easily accessible one.

Scholars of grammar, cognitive scientists, and philosophers will
profit by reading this book, but anyone with an ardent interest in
this marvellous, eminently human achievement of evolution called
language will want to read about it in the words of the undisputed
grand master of linguistic research, Noam Chomsky.

Lingfield(s):	Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s):	English (Language Code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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