The explanatory power of Chomsky's transformational generative grammar

J. Singleton

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    One of the main difficulties in Chomsky's account of generative grammars
    and linguistic theories is to determine what exactly these grammars and
    theories explain. In some places Chomsky seems to be saying that they
    explain how a set of sentences might be generated and in others that they
    explain how these sentences are actually generated. On the whole his
    earlier writings accord with this first view and it is not until his more
    recent writings that a subtle change of emphasis inclines him to the second
    view. Only this first view is justified and when this is realised a lot of
    the contemporary discussion on questions of innateness will be rendered
    groundless. [opening paragraph]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)429-431
    Issue number331
    Publication statusPublished - 1974


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