Grammatical Theory in the United States
From Bloomfield to Chomsky
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Grammatical Theory in the United States by P. H. Matthews
Book DescriptionThis is a history of modern linguistics which focuses on the spread and dominance of linguistic theory originating in North America. It concentrates on the theories and influence of Bloomfield and Chomsky, and offers systematic coverage of their enormous contributions to grammatical theory over their lifespan. As well as tracing the intellectual histories of these great figures, and of others in the field, Professor Matthews follows the development and continuity of three dominant grammatical ideas in linguistics. First, the idea that the study of formal relations can and should be separated from that of meaning. Second, that sentences are composed of linear configurations of morphemes. Third, that many aspects of grammar are defined generically. His biographical and theoretical survey will be invaluable to all linguists wishing to trace the origins of their discipline.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521458474
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author P. H. Matthews
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This book is a study of the uses of adjectives in different constructions, and of the problems that arise in their analysis, both in terms of syntactic theory and philosophy of grammar. It draws and builds on previous analyses and offers solutions to a range of issues relating to the position of adjectives in English.
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics, Paperback (March 2014)
This authoritative dictionary provides coverage across the field of linguistics, both the theoretical and the practical. In over 3,250 entries it clearly defines terms relating to phonetics, grammar, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics.
Syntactic Relations, Paperback (January 2007)» View all books by P. H. Matthews
A critique of two fundamental assumptions: do phrases really form hierarchical 'trees' and have 'heads'?
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