The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics

Paperback | March 26, 2013

byPeter Ludlow

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Peter Ludlow presents the first book on the philosophy of generative linguistics, including both Chomsky's government and binding theory and his minimalist program. Ludlow explains the motivation of the generative framework, describes its basic mechanisms, and then addresses some of the manyinteresting philosophical questions and puzzles that arise once we adopt the general theoretical approach. He focuses on what he takes to be the most basic philosophical issues about the ontology of linguistics, about the nature of data, about language/world relations, and about best theorycriteria.These are of broad philosophical interest, from epistemology to ethics: Ludlow hopes to bring the philosophy of linguistics to a wider philosophical audience and show that we have many shared philosophical questions. Similarly, he aims to set out the philosophical issues in such a way as to engagereaders from linguistics, and to encourage interaction between the two disciplines on foundational issues.

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Peter Ludlow presents the first book on the philosophy of generative linguistics, including both Chomsky's government and binding theory and his minimalist program. Ludlow explains the motivation of the generative framework, describes its basic mechanisms, and then addresses some of the manyinteresting philosophical questions and puzzl...

Peter Ludlow is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto before joining Northwestern.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199674477

ISBN - 13:9780199674473

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Plan1. Linguistic Preliminaries2. The Ontology of Generative Linguistics3. Linguistic Data and Linguistic Judgments4. A Role for Normative Rule Governance?5. Worries about Rules and Representations6. Referential Semantics for narrow ?-languages?7. Best Theory Criteria and Methodological MinimalismAppendix: Interview with Noam ChomskyBibliography