The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics

The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics

by Peter Ludlow
     
 

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 many interesting philosophical questions and puzzles that arise once we adopt

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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 many interesting 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 theory criteria. 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 engage readers from linguistics, and to encourage interaction between the two disciplines on foundational issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199258536
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Plan
1. Linguistic Preliminaries
2. The Ontology of Generative Linguistics
3. Linguistic Data and Linguistic Judgments
4. A Role for Normative Rule Governance?
5. Worries about Rules and Representations
6. Referential Semantics for narrow ?-languages?
7. Best Theory Criteria and Methodological Minimalism
Appendix: Interview with Noam Chomsky
Bibliography

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