Linguistic Theory

  title={Linguistic Theory},
  author={D. Terence Langendoen},
1. Goals of Linguistic Theory The goals of linguistic theory are to answer such questions as ‘What is language?’ and ‘What properties must something (an organism or a machine) have in order for it to learn and use language?’ Different theories provide different answers to these questions, and there is at present no general consensus as to what theory gives the best answers. Moreover, most linguists, when pressed, would say that these questions have not yet been satisfactorily answered by any… 
Constraints on multiple center-embedding of clauses
A common view in theoretical syntax and computational linguistics holds that there are no grammatical restrictions on multiple center-embedding of clauses. Syntax would thus be characterized by
Constraints on multiple initial embedding of clauses
The received view is that there are no constraints on clausal embedding complexity in sentences. This hypothesis will be challenged here on empirical grounds from the viewpoint of multiple initial


Principles and Parameters: An Introduction to Syntactic Theory
In this readable and authoritative survey of the theory, incorporating much of Government and Binding (GB) theory, Peter Culicover summarizes the major proposals and results of Case theory, Theta theory, X'-theory, Binding theory, the theory of A- and A'- movement, locality conditions, and the Theory of Logical Form.
The Sounds of the World's Languages
Ladefoged and Maddieson (L&M) have set themselves the formidable task of giving “a description of all the known ways in which the sounds of the world’s languages differ,” in order to provide the
Optimality: From Neural Networks to Universal Grammar
The proposition that grammaticality equals optimality sheds light on a wide range of phenomena, from the gulf between production and comprehension in child language, to language learnability, to the fundamental questions of linguistic theory.
वाक्यविन्यास का सैद्धान्तिक पक्ष = Aspects of the theory of syntax
Methodological preliminaries of generative grammars as theories of linguistic competence; theory of performance; organization of a generative grammar; justification of grammar; descriptive and explanatory theories; evaluation procedures; linguistic theory and language learning.
Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar
Prefactory Note. Acknowledgments. 1. Preliminaries:. Background and Overview. Optimality. Overall Structure of the Argument. Overview of Part I. 2. Optimality in Grammar: Core Syllabification in
The sounds of the world's languages
List of Figures. List of Tables. Acknowledgments. 1. The Sounds of the Worlda s Languages. 2. Places of Articulation. 3. Stops. 4. Nasals and Nasalized Consonants. 5. Fricatives. 6. Laterals. 7.
Lectures on Government and Binding
Rules and representations
Gabriel: Knowledge of Meaning
  • Gabriel: Knowledge of Meaning
  • 1995
Knowledge of Meaning (Cambridge
  • Science
  • 1995