Skeptical Linguistic Essays

Paperback | January 12, 2004

byPaul M. Postal

not yet rated|write a review
This volume consists of an introduction and two groups of essays by Paul M. Postal, each with a connecting theme. The first, positive group of papers, contains five previously unpublished studies of English syntax. These include a long study of so-called "locative inversion," twoinvestigations related to raising to non-subject status, an argument for the existence of a hitherto ignored nominal grammatical category and a study of vulgar negative polarity items. Each investigation of specific English details is argued to have significant theoretical consequences. The second,negative group of papers, contains seven essays each of which seeks to show that aspects of contemporary linguistic activity are in part contaminated by elements of what is called "junk linguistics." Postal uses the term to denote work which advances proposals, puts forward claims and asserts deepresults which, he argues, can only be accepted by ignoring serious standards of inquiry and scholarship. Postal claims that much of this work is nonetheless currently considered not only serious but prestigious reveals the problem to exist at the core of the field, not its periphery. These chaptersinclude documentation of "junk linguistic" aspects in National Science Foundation refereeing, work on the foundations of linguistics, and even in widespread terminological usages. The final chapter briefly lists personal suggestions for dealing with this problem.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$73.95

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

This volume consists of an introduction and two groups of essays by Paul M. Postal, each with a connecting theme. The first, positive group of papers, contains five previously unpublished studies of English syntax. These include a long study of so-called "locative inversion," twoinvestigations related to raising to non-subject status, ...

Paul Postal is a Research Professor of Linguistics at New York University. His specialties are syntactic theory, English syntax, and the foundations of linguistics. He previously taught at MIT and the City University of New York, and is the author of twelve previous books and dozens of articles on linguistics.

other books by Paul M. Postal

Some Syntactic Rules in Mohawk
Some Syntactic Rules in Mohawk

Kobo ebook|Nov 10 2016

$223.10

Arc Pair Grammar
Arc Pair Grammar

Hardcover|Apr 19 2016

$329.00

see all books by Paul M. Postal
Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 1.3 inPublished:January 12, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019516671X

ISBN - 13:9780195166712

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Skeptical Linguistic Essays

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Studies in Linguistics1. A Paradox in English Syntax2. A Putatively Banned Type of Raising3. A New Raising Mystery4. Chromaticity: An Overlooked English Grammatical Category Distinction5. The Structure of One Type of American English Vulgar Minimizer6. The Openness of Natural LanguagesPart II: Studies of Junk Linguistics7. Junk Syntax 1: A Supposed Account of Strong Crossover Effects8. Junk Syntax 2: "There Remain a Few As Yet Unexplained Exceptions"9. Junk Ethics 1: Advances in Linguistic Rhetoric10. Junk Refereeing: Our Tax Dollars at Work11. Junk Ethics 2: The Most Irresponsible Passage12. Junk Reasoning 1: If It Doesn't Follow Automatically, Then It's Pretty Much Got to at Least Virtually Follow, and If Not, Don't Worry; It Is Still Unquestionably Natural13. Junk Reasoning 2: '(Virtually) Conceptually Necessary'14. Junk Linguistics: The Bottom LineNotesReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a goldmine for advanced students in syntax... I take Postal's advice to students to my heart; Beware, be sceptical."--Fredrik Heinat, Linguist List 15.1893