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The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory 1975th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0306307607
ISBN-10: 030630760X
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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) at MIT and the author of many influential books on linguistics, including " Aspects of the Theory of Syntax "and "The Minimalist Program", both published by the MIT Press.
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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1975 edition (November 30, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030630760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306307607
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,953,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have heard this written off, I suspect by people who perhaps haven't read it. Certainly Chomsky himself has more recently both complicated what he wrote here (his emphasis on government and binding theory, which are covered in the book of the same name and also available here), and also simplified. I think that the overcomplication argument is actually invalid, whether or not Chomsky supports this criticism himself, unless one implies that universal grammar can somehow be delineated more simply than a full grammar of any current language (the latest on English is incomplete and still run to over 1,000 pages).
I read this as an undergraduate and was absolutely spellbound - his clear division of linguistic structural categories (phonemes, morphemes, words, syntactic categories, phrase structure and, most radically transformations). He was the first person to describe how linguistic competence is generated by a series of transformations; "We take a grammar to be a sequence of statement of the form: - Xi-Yi (i=1,...,N): - interpreted as the instruction "rewrite Xi as Yi", where Xi and Yi are strings". Actually, the rest is reiteration and amplification - how simple can you get? (Except for those people for whom even this is too "mathematical" - but there is no hope for these.)The first three chapters remain essential reading - and remember that this was presented as his thesis and was initially rejected simply because there was no-one competent enough to review it! Imagine rewriting linguistics in your thesis!
It seems a shame that he is probably now better known for his political writings, cogent and urgent as these are.
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A complex classic in linguistics but definitely not intended as casual and relaxed reading material.
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