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By Freder Newmeyer

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Written through considered one of America's such a lot widespread linguists the essays in Generative Linguistics offer a not easy reappraisal of the 'Chomskyan Revolution' - the consequences of that are being debated a few 3 many years on.

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Recent years have seen an article entitled ‘On the failure of generative grammar’ (Gross 1979) and a single issue (58:1, March 1982) contains an article by Ronald Langacker presenting an alternative conception of grammar from Chomsky’s, a review article by Harold Schiffman that derides generative grammar for hypothesizing the ‘ideal speaker/hearer’ and categorial rules, and a laudatory review by Jeri Jaeger and Robert Van Valin of a book (Prideaux et al. 18 Wherever we look, we fail to find confirmation of the claim that generativists rule the field.

One simply cannot avoid the conclusion that an open market for linguistic ideas exists in the United States; no single theory, framework, or orientation comes close to being in an administrative position to prevent the others from being heard. It is interesting to speculate on the reasons why the generativists’ intellectual achievements and public visibility are not matched by an accompanying organizational dominance. Several come to mind. This state of affairs is partly a simple result of the inevitable time lag between a scientific theory’s being recognized as revolutionary and its institutionalization in academia.

Indeed, there is a feeling among many generativists that the LSA is an antigenerativist organization—or is, at best, irrelevant to their needs. As a consequence, many do not bother to join. An inspection of the December 1984 LSA Bulletin (no. 17 Likewise, Language, the journal published by the LSA, is not orientated towards generative grammar. While a majority of its editorial board members are generative grammarians, its editor is not. If anything, generativist strength in the field is under-represented on the pages of Language; only about a third of its articles reveal such an orientation.

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