Chomsky's Minimalism

Chomsky's Minimalism

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Noam Chomsky's current theory, published in 1995, is known as The Minimalist Program and has been presented as his crowning achievement. Minimalism has spawned in linguistics an entire research program, despite being fundamentally misguided, according to distinguished linguist and philosopher of language Pieter Seuren. Seuren's accessible and spirited attack argues that the Minimalist Program is deeply flawed. Seuren points to the original acrimonious split in the 1960s and 1970s between Chomsky's generative grammar and the alternative generative semantics proposed by his followers, and argues that the latter theory was sounder and unfairly suppressed. Seuren maintains that this suppression, and the cult surrounding Chomsky and Minimalism more generally, has done great damage to linguistics by impairing open discussion of empirical issues and excluding valid alternatives.
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 140 x 206 x 16mm | 299.38g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous figures
  • 0195173066
  • 9780195173062
  • 1,766,748

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For a committed mediationalist of Seuren's persuasion, this book will be a delight ... To be sure, the topic Seuren addresses is an important one. * Robert Fiengo, Mind *
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About Pieter A. M. Seuren

Pieter A. M. Seuren's current position is as Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. He is also the author of A View of Language (OUP 2002).
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