Linguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative Grammar by Marcus TomalinLinguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative Grammar by Marcus Tomalin

Linguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative Grammar

byMarcus Tomalin

Paperback | June 19, 2008

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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.
Title:Linguistics and the Formal Sciences: The Origins of Generative GrammarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:June 19, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521066484

ISBN - 13:9780521066488

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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.