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The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics

Peter Ludlow


This work explores some of the many interesting philosophical issues that arise in the conduct of generative linguistics. There are three basic themes that are woven throughout the work. The first theme is that generative linguistics at its best is concerned with understanding and explanation, and not just with observation and data gathering. Generative linguistics is interested in underlying mechanisms that give rise to language related phenomena, and this interest will often trump the goal of accumulating more data. The second theme is the Ψ-language hypothesis. It is the hypothesis that the ... More

Keywords: linguistics, Ψ-language, Chomsky, generative linguistics, cognitive science, generative grammar, language, minimalism, explanation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258536.001.0001


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Peter Ludlow, author
Northwestern University
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