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Tue Oct 12 2004

Books: Linguistic Theories/Syntax: Seuren

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        1.    Jared Wright, Chomsky's Minimalism: Seuren



Message 1: Chomsky's Minimalism: Seuren

Date: 08-Oct-2004
From: Jared Wright <jared.wrightoup.com>
Subject: Chomsky's Minimalism: Seuren


Title: Chomsky's Minimalism 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Oxford University Press
     http://www.oup.com/us
 
 
 Book URL: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/view=usa&ci=0195173066 ;
 
 
 Author: Pieter A.M. Seuren, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 
 Hardback: ISBN: 0195173058 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 72.00
 Paperback: ISBN: 0195173066 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 29.95
 
 
 Abstract:
 
 Noam Chomsky's current theory, published in 1995, is known as 'The Minimalist
 Program' and has been presented as his crowning achievement. It argues,
 familiarly, that there exists a universal grammar that is hardwired, and that,
 like an efficient machine, this grammar will tend to use the least possible
 number of constraints (phonetically and syntactically) to produce an utterance.
 Minimalism has spawned in linguistics an entire research program, despite being
 fundamentally misguided, according to distinguished linguist and philosopher of
 language Pieter Seuren.
 
 Seuren's accessible and spirited attack argues that the Minimalist Program is
 deeply flawed. He proposes that it fails to satisfy the basic criteria for sound
 scientific work, such as respect for data, unambiguous formulations, and
 falsifiability. Seuren points to the original acrimonious split in the 1960s and
 1970s between Chomsky's generative grammar and the alternative generative
 semantics proposed by his followers, and argues that the latter theory was
 sounder and unfairly suppressed. Seuren maintains that this suppression--and the
 cult surrounding Chomsky and Minimalism more generally--has done great damage to
 linguistics by impairing open discussion of empirical issues and excluding valid
 alternatives. 'Chomsky's Minimalism' will generate controversy among linguists
 in its attack on the fundamental assumptions used by an entire generation of
 researchers. 
 
 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                      Syntax
 
 
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
 
 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=11833

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