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Language Form And Language Function
Part 1 The form-function problem in linguistics: setting the stage with a (not totally) imaginary dialogue the goals of this book the two orientations in modern linguistics on the variety ofExpand
Possible and probable languages: A generative perspective on linguistic typology
1. On the Possible and the Probable in Language 2. Parameterized Principles 3. Parameters, Performance, and the Explanation of Typological Generalizations 4. In Defense of the Saussurean View ofExpand
Combinatorial Variability
The purpose of this paper is to provide a plausibility argument for a new way of thinking about intra-personal morphosyntactic variation. The idea is embedded within the framework of the MinimalistExpand
Linguistic Theory In America
This book discusses the state of American Linguistics in the Mid 1950s, as well as current Approaches to Syntax, and some of the ideas behind the Chomskyan Revolution. Expand
Against a parameter-setting approach to typological variation
A model in which language-particular rules take over the work of parameter settings and in which most typological variation follows from independently-needed principles of performance is proposed. Expand
Iconicity and generative grammar
A theme running through much of the functionalist literature in linguistics is that grammatical structure, to a considerable degree, has an 'iconic' motivation. This theme can be distilled into threeExpand
The politics of linguistics
Linguists in the past two centuries have, for the most part, approached language as an autonomous entity; their practice has been to study languages without considering the culture, society, orExpand
Grammar is Grammar and Usage is Usage
A scenario for the origins and evolution of language is proposed that helps to explain why grammar and usage are as distinct as they are, and evidence is provided that speakers mentally represent full grammatical structure, however fragmentary their utterances might be. Expand