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Functionalism is / n ’ t formalism : an interactive review of Darnell et al . ( 1999 ) 1

  title={Functionalism is / n ’ t formalism : an interactive review of Darnell et al . ( 1999 ) 1},
  author={Michael Darnell and Edith A. Moravcsik and F. Newmeyer and M. Noonan},
SETTING: The University of Arizona’s idyllic desert campus. As in many colleges across the United States, ‘ formalist ’ linguistics is implicitly understood to be at cross-purposes with ‘functionalist ’ linguistics. The Linguistics Department’s only course on non-minimalist syntax is famously nicknamed ‘Bad Guys’. Although the linguistics department forms a unified front, malcontent quietly simmers across campus as functionalist sociolinguists, discourse analysts, grammaticalization specialists… Expand
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1 The Concepts ‘Formal’ and ‘Functional’ 1.


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