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Is there any connection between formalism and generativism

By "generativism", I assume you mean "the theory of Generative Grammar". This is a theory promulgated by Chomsky starting, in one form, in 1951. It came to be known as "...
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Does simple type theory distinguish between those common nouns that are used as arguments and those that are used as predicates?

For general use as an argument: You need EITHER a silent determiner (or another head) that converts <e,t> to either <<e,t>,t> or e OR a theory of coercion that performs its function ...
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