That is to say, is the deep structure supposed to be what's happening in our head when we speak a language? Or is this just to make our model of a grammar consistent?
I am reading a book on Government and Binding theory  and just finished a chapter on big pro (PRO). At the end of the chapter there is an exercise. Different sentences are written with faulty ...
This would be my first series of questions on this book (Second ed). Chomsky warns that several answers to the question "On what basis do we actually go about separating grammatical and ungrammatical ...
I am reading about binding theory and I have a little problem. The book (1) says that: A binds B iff: (i) A c-commands B; (ii) A and B are co-indexed. and c-commanding is defined as the ...
What are the main issues concerning the abstractness of the theory set out in The Sound Pattern of English?
The vowel analysis in Chomsky and Halle's (1968) SPE is said to be overly abstract. What are the main issues phonologists have with this abstractness?
To put it another way, how much is there that all linguists would be willing defend as correct knowledge about linguistics? I have just finished taking an introductory course in linguistics. One ...
What are the most convincing and most popular arguments against the Innateness Hypothesis of Universal Grammar or Universal Grammar as described by Chomsky?
What are the other common approaches to study syntax? Note: the source is an example question from the on-topic question list in Area51.
In particular, I am interested in the suggested common features of creole languages more or less grammaticalized by children.