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Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

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Beginning in the middle '50s & emanating largely from MIT, an approach was developed to linguistic theory & to the study of the structure of particular languages that diverges in many respects from modern linguistics. Altho this approach is connected to the traditional study of language, it differs enough in its general objectives & in specific conclusions abou ...more
Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 15th 1969 by MIT Press (Cambridge, MA) (first published 1965)
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Pascal-Denis Lussier
Oct 01, 2009 Pascal-Denis Lussier rated it it was amazing
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Gary Bruff
Chomsky's Aspects is usually divided by readers into two parts--the philosophical part and the nuts-and-bolts part. I will treat the two parts here separately.

The Methodological Preliminaries section is considered a classic in the field of linguistics. Here is an early (1965) formulation of the poverty of the stimulus argument. How can a perfect system emerge from the messy chaos of actual speech that the young'n is exposed to? Chomsky uses this as the basis of his argument that syntax is innate
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Emily
Mar 15, 2015 Emily rated it did not like it
This created a lot of responsive research, mostly because people kept citing this despite huge flaws. It would be easier to evaluate this work if he could write more clearly.
Mark
Jun 24, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the most formative, mind-expanding and influential books I ever read as a young uni student; I thoroughly recommend you do too. m
Marcus Lira
Nice work by Chomsky, it's one of his early (but apparently over-rated) works. Dense, interesting and really creative. Of all things stated in this book, I just can't buy his arguments for the innateness of language in the first part of this book, although one can easily dismiss those ideas and proceed to the other chapters without any considerable problem (I, personally, had no problem in doing that).
Dan Slimmon
Dec 15, 2015 Dan Slimmon rated it really liked it
Damn this is a chewy book. I had to read each chapter at least twice to even get the gist of the argument, and I'll probably have to go through the book a few more times over the next year or so.

Still, I already have a much better understanding of Chomsky's formulation, and I can see how valuable this is going to be for understanding how we've arrived at our contemporary discussion of syntax.
Joshua Casteel
Jan 20, 2008 Joshua Casteel rated it it was ok
Awe-inspiring, but still an essentially cauldrony-esoteric approach to a perfectly human behavior. Where's the beef?
People say my name should be Jeff
I don't give this one star only because this book spurred a great deal of research in Linguistics.
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. H
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