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What are the contemporary schools of linguistics?

The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis is an excellent book for getting an overview of many distinct paradigms in modern linguistics. Indeed, the introduction says that that is its aim. It ...
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What is the difference between generative grammar and transformation grammar?

The "generative" in "generative grammar" is defined by Chomsky in Aspects of the Theory of Syntax as meaning "explicit". Chomsky compares this sense of "generate" to its use in analytic geometry, ...
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What is the difference between generative grammar and transformation grammar?

"Generative grammar" refers to a broad theory of language advocated by Chomsky and followers since the mid-60's. It includes research in syntax, semantics, phonology and morphology, and is still ...
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why is this ambiguous sentence disambiguated in its wh-question form?

You can't extract a prepositional object from inside a noun phrase. (It's an "island".) I met a man from Chicago. *From which city did you meet a man? So if you extract the "which&...
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Principles and Parameters vs. Government and Binding

This is a difficult history and sociology of the field question, fraught with personal opinions and revisionism. GB theory commenced with the (originally samizdat) publication of "The Pisa ...
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What is the position of 'that' in the relative clause of this sentence?

There is a difference between wh-relative clauses (1) and that-relative clauses (2). The first are formed by wh-movement, whilst the second are a result of a complementizer merged in the head of C: (...
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