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Transformational Grammar as a Theory of Language Acquisition : A Study in the Empirical Conceptual and Methodological Foundations of Contemporary Linguistics - Bruce L. Derwing

Transformational Grammar as a Theory of Language Acquisition

A Study in the Empirical Conceptual and Methodological Foundations of Contemporary Linguistics

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Published: 20th August 1973
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The revolution in linguistic thought associated with the name of Professor Noam Chomsky centres on the theory of transformational generation, especially in grammar. This book subjects the main theory and some of its applications to a searching critique. It finds the theory in some places circular, in general descriptively inadequate, but above all aprioristic and dangerously unempirical. Professor Derwing writes as a linguist particularly interested in the psychology of language acquisition, and conscious that the TGG model starts from assumptions about the mind and linguistic universals which dictate the form and the consequences of the argument. They strike Professor Derwing as arbitrary and merely formal, and as contradicting basic scientific mental habits. In brief, Professor Derwing disputes that TGG exemplifies proper empirical scientific inquiry; that something like a TGG is part of the output of normal language acquisition; or that TGG provides a valid heuristic for psychological investigation. He argues therefore for a more experimental approach if we are actually to discover how language is acquired.

Preface
Background
Introduction
Some central aspects of the 'Chomskyan revolution' in American linguistics
On the nature of language acquisition
Linguistic Metatheory
Some problems in phonological description
'Explanation' and 'naturalness' in TGG
Some process-oriented counterproposals
Methodological and Conceptual Foundations
Chomsky's 'revolution' reconsidered
On 'competence' and 'performance'
Towards a redefinition of linguistic research
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521097987
ISBN-10: 0521097983
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 20th August 1973
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.53