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Peter Ludlow presents the first book on the philosophy of generative linguistics, including both Chomsky>'s government and binding theory and his minimalist program. Ludlow explains the motivation of the generative framework, describes its basic mechanisms, and then addresses some of the many interesting philosophical questions and puzzles that arise once we adopt the general theoretical approach. He focuses on what he takes to be the most basicphilosophical issues DSabout the ontology of linguistics, about the nature of data, about language/world relations, and about best theory criteria. These are of broad philosophical interest, from epistemology to ethics: Ludlow hopes to bring the philosophy of linguistics to a wider philosophical audience and show thatwe have many shared philosophical questions. Similarly, he aims to set out the philosophical issues in such a way as to engage readers from linguistics, and to encourage interaction between the two disciplines on foundational issues.
Peter Ludlow is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto before joining Northwestern
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
Transformational Grammar from ST to EST
Government and Binding Theory
The Principles and Parameters Framework
The Minimalist Program
The Ontology of Generative Linguistics
E-Language, I-Language, ¿-Language
Having Linguistic Rules and Knowing Linguistic Facts
Levels of Explanation in the Theory of Grammar
Abstracts and Non-isomorphic Representation
Types and Tokens
Derivation vs. Representation
Data, Intuitions, Judgments
Linguistic Phenomena, Linguistic Data, Linguistic Theory
Linguistic Intuitions are Linguistic Judgments
Linguistic Judgments are Reliable (enough)
Linguistic Judgments as Scientific Experiments
On the Alleged Priority of the Data
A Role for Normative Rule Governance?
Worries about Rules and Representations
Quinean Indeterminacy Arguments
Kripke/Wittgenstein Concerns about Rules
Externalism about Syntax?
Referential Semantics for Narrow ¿-Languages
The Compatibility of Referential Semantics and Narrow ¿-Languages
Chomsky's Incompatibilist Arguments
The ôBite the Bulletö Strategy and Chomsky's Response
The Compatibilist Bites Back
The Prospects for a Non-referential Semantics
Best Theory Criteria and Methodological Minimalism
Minimal Effort and Optimal Switching Points
Index of Names
Index of Terms
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