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200 Years of Syntax : A Critical Survey :  A Critical Survey - Giorgio Graffi

200 Years of Syntax : A Critical Survey

A Critical Survey

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This work argues against the widespread opinion that very few syntactic studies were carried out before the 1950s. Relying on the detailed analysis of a large amount of original sources, it shows that syntactic matters were in fact carefully investigated throughout both the 19th century and during the first half of the 20th century. Moreover, it illustrates how the enormous development of syntactic research since 1950 has already condemned even several recent ideas and analyses to oblivion, and deeply influenced current research programmes. The wealth of research undertaken since the early 19th century is presented here in a systematic way, taking as its starting point the relationship of syntax with psychology throughout this period. The critical ideas expressed in the text are based on a detailed illustration of the different syntactic models and analyses rather than on the polemics between the different schools.

Introductionp. 1
The age of psychologism in linguistics
The rise and fall of 'psychologistic' syntaxp. 15
"What is syntax?"p. 73
The analyses of the sentence and of the word groupsp. 111
The age of structural linguistics
The role of syntax in the structuralist systemsp. 167
Structuralist approaches to sentence analysisp. 227
The techniques of syntactic descriptionp. 263
The age of syntactic theories
The shaping of syntactic theoriesp. 309
Different views of syntaxp. 369
The 'Chomskian program'p. 425
Referencesp. 487
Index of namesp. 519
Index of subjectsp. 529
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ISBN: 9789027245878
ISBN-10: 9027245878
Series: Studies in the History of the Language Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 564
Published: 2001
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.9  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.85