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Mon Nov 08 2021

Books: The Linguistics Wars: Harris

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Date: 29-Oct-2021
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Subject: The Linguistics Wars: Harris
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Title: The Linguistics Wars
Subtitle: Chomsky, Lakoff, and the Battle over Deep Structure
Publication Year: 2021
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Book URL:

Author: Randy Allen Harris

Paperback: ISBN: 9780199740338 Pages: 568 Price: U.S. $ 39.95


An updated and expanded history of the field of linguistics from the 1950s to
the current day.

The Linguistics Wars tells the tumultuous history of language and cognition
studies from the rise of Noam Chomsky's Transformational Grammar to the
current day. Focusing on the rupture that split the field between Chomsky's
structuralist vision and George Lakoff's meaning-driven theories, Randy Allen
Harris portrays the extraordinary personalities that were central to the
dispute and its aftermath, alongside the data, technical developments, and
social currents that fueled the unfolding and expanding schism. This new
edition, updated to cover the more than twenty-five years since its original
publication and to trace the impact of that schism on the shape of linguistics
in the twenty-first century, is essential reading for all those interested in
the study of language, the making of knowledge, and some of the most brilliant
minds of our era.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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