Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


May I Quote You on That?

By Stephen Spector

A guide to English grammar and usage for the twenty-first century, pairing grammar rules with interesting and humorous quotations from American popular culture.

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages

Edited By Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank

This book "examines the reasons behind the dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why it matters, and what can be done to document and support endangered languages."

Book Information


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.

To order this book, contact The University of Chicago Press. Call their toll free order number 1-800-621-2736 (U.S. & Canada only) or order online at (use the search feature to locate the book, then order).

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: CSLI Publications
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1575864533
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320

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