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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Harris, Randy Allen.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
|Named Person:||Noam Chomsky; Noam Chomsky; Noam Chomsky; Noam Chomsky|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Randy Allen Harris
|ISBN:||0195072561 9780195072563 019509834X 9780195098341|
|Description:||ix, 356 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Language, thought, and the linguistics wars --
The Chomskyan revolution --
The beauty of deep structure --
Generative semantics 1: the model --
Generative semantics 2: the heresy --
The vicissitudes of war --
Generative semantics 3: the ethos --
Generative semantics 4: the collapse --
Whence and whither.
|Responsibility:||Randy Allen Harris.|
"The outcome of the dispute, Harris shows, was not a simple linear matter of a good theory beating out a bad one. The debates followed the usual trajectory of most large-scale clashes, scientific or otherwise. Both positions changed dramatically in the course of the dispute - the triumphant Chomskyan position was very different from the initial one; the defeated generative semantics position was even more transformed. Interestingly, important features of generative semantics have since made their way into other linguistic approaches and continue to influence linguistics to this very day. And fairly high up on the list of borrowers is Noam Chomsky himself." "The repercussions of the Linguistics Wars are still with us, not only in the bruised feelings and late-night war stories of the combatants, and in the contentious mood in many quarters, but in the way linguists currently look at language and the mind. Full of anecdotes and colorful portraits of key personalities, The Linguistics Wars is a riveting narrative of the course of an important intellectual controversy, and a revealing look into how scientists and scholars contend for theoretical glory."--BOOK JACKET.