When it was first published in 1957, Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structures seemed to be just a logical expansion of the reigning approach to linguistics. Soon, however, there was talk from Chomsky and his associates about plumbing mental structure; and a new phonology; and a new set of goals for the field, cutting it off completely from its anthropological roots and hitching it to a new brand of psychology. Rapidly, all of Chomsky's ideas swept the field. While the entrenched linguists were not looking for a messiah, ...

The Linguistics Wars 1995, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780195098341

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The Linguistics Wars 1993, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195072563