Linguistic Theory

@inproceedings{Langendoen2005LinguisticT,
  title={Linguistic Theory},
  author={D. Terence Langendoen},
  year={2005}
}
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… 
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