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Linguistics and the Formal Sciences

Linguistics and the Formal Sciences
The Origins of Generative Grammar

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521854818

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  • The formal sciences, particularly mathematics, have had a profound influence on the development of linguistics. This insightful overview looks at techniques that were introduced in the fields of mathematics, logic and philosophy during the twentieth century, and explores their effect on the work of various linguists. In particular, it discusses the 'foundations crisis' that destabilised mathematics at the start of the twentieth century, the numerous related movements which sought to respond to this crisis, and how they influenced the development of syntactic theory in the 1950s. The book concludes by discussing the resulting major consequences for syntactic theory, and provides a detailed reassessment of Chomsky's early work at the advent of Generative Grammar. Informative and revealing, this book will be invaluable to all those working in formal linguistics, in particular those interested in its history and development.

    • A detailed discussion of the relationship between linguistics and the formal sciences
    • Discusses the development of Chomsky's earlier work, prior to 1957's 'Syntactic Structures'.
    • Clearly contextualizes and explains the origins of terms that are central to formal linguistics today
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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521854818
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of mathematical symbols
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The consequences of analysis
    3. Mathematical linguistics
    4. Systems of syntax:
    1951–1955
    5. Transforming generative grammar:
    1955–1957
    6. Conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Marcus Tomalin, University of Cambridge
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