The Grammatical Basis of Linguistic Performance: Language Use and Acquisition

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byRobert C. Berwick, Amy Weinberg

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Written primarily from the perspective of computational theory, Grammatical Basis of Linguistic Performance presents a synthesis of some major recent developments in grammatical theory and its application to models of language performance. Its main thesis is that Chomsky's government-binding theory is a good foundation for models of both machine parsing and language learnability.Both authors are at MIT. Robert C. Berwick is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Amy Weinberg is in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. Their book is eleventh in the series Current Studies in Linguistics.

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Written primarily from the perspective of computational theory, Grammatical Basis of Linguistic Performance presents a synthesis of some major recent developments in grammatical theory and its application to models of language performance. Its main thesis is that Chomsky's government-binding theory is a good foundation for models of bo...

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ISBN - 10:0262521105

ISBN - 13:9780262521109

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"A serious and useful treatment of whether government-binding or lexical-functional grammars provide a better foundation for models of language performance.... Berwick and Weinberg assert that the recent criticisms of transformational grammar are largely based on obsolete versions of transformational theory and on ad hoc assumptions about the nature of parsing and language learning. When Chomsky's modern version of govement-binding theory is adopted, in conjunction with an alternative set of assumptions about language performance, the authors find reason to herald a revival of transformational grammar as a serious candidate for a theory of language use."- "Contemporary Psychology"