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Title: The Nature of Explanation in Linguistic Theory
Edited By: John C. Moore
Maria Polinsky
Series Title: CSLI Lecture Notes, # 162

Elegant and parsimonious analyses have been a point of pride among linguists since at least the time of the Neogrammarians. Since Chomsky's (1962) pioneering work on the goals of linguistic theory, this has been subsumed under the rubric of explanation. In addition to describing a set of data, an analysis must also be achieve an explanation of the phenomena (explanatory adequacy, in Chomsky's work). But what precisely renders a linguistic account explanatorily adequate? What are the empirical and theoretical trade-offs that come into play when linguists aim for explanation? These questions are at the core of this volume. Renowned scholars weigh in on the nature on explanation in linguistic theory and suggest answers to these fundamental questions.

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Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: CSLI Publications
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1575864533
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1575864541
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320