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Skeptical linguistic essays

Author: Paul Martin Postal
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Consists of an introduction and two groups of essays, each with a connecting theme. The first, positive group, contains five studies of English syntax. The second, negative group of papers, contains  Read more...

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Named Person: Noam Chomsky; Noam Chomsky; Noam Chomsky; Noam Chomsky
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Martin Postal
ISBN: 0195166728 9780195166729 019516671X 9780195166712
OCLC Number: 51330185
Description: 414 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. A Paradox in English Syntax --
2. A Putatively Banned Type of Raising --
3. A New Raising Mystery --
4. Chromaticity: An Overlooked English Grammatical Category Distinction --
5. The Structure of One Type of American English Vulgar Minimizer --
6. The Openness of Natural Languages --
7. Junk Syntax 1: A Supposed Account of Strong Crossover Effects --
8. Junk Syntax 2: "There Remain a Few As Yet Unexplained Exceptions" --
9. Junk Ethics 1: Advanced in Linguistic Rhetoric --
10. Junk Refereeing: Our Tax Dollars at Work --
11. Junk Ethics 2: The Most Irresponsible Passage --
12. Junk Reasoning 1: If It Doesn't Follow Automatically, Then It's Pretty Much Got to at Least Virtually Follow, and It Not, Don't Worry: It Is Still Unquestionably Natural --
13. Junk Reasoning 2: '(Virtually) Conceptually Necessary' --
14. Junk Linguistics: The Bottom Line.
Responsibility: Paul M. Postal.
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This book is a goldmine for advanced students in syntax... I take Postal's advice to students to my heart; Beware, be sceptical. * Fredrik Heinat, Linguist List 15.1893 *

 
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