A brief history of syntactic theory: Early Chomsky

This is part one of a multi-part series. Part II is: A brief history of syntactic theory: Parallel-contraint based syntax. τυφωθείς εἰς κρίμα ἐμπέσῃ τοῦ διαβόλου What is the structure of a sentence like this? There's a lot going on here. This clause has a pre-verbal participle, followed by a prepositional phrase that is split in... Continue Reading →

Brief reading notes on Chomsky (1965)

Noam Chomsky’s (1965) Aspect of the theory of syntax presents a revised version of generative grammar that constrains the power of its syntactic transformations in order to maintain the predictive goals of generative grammar: produce all the grammatical sentences and only the grammatical sentences. In other ways, Aspects also functions as an apologetic to his detractors... Continue Reading →

Discontinuous Syntax Part V

This is a continuation of my series examining Devine and Stephen’s book Discontinuous Syntax: Hyperbaton in Greek. Today’s post consists of much rewriting of about 15 pages I lost back in February when my hard drive died. See also: Part I Part II Part III Part IV Weak Focus Y2 Hyperbaton[1] Most commonly, Y2 Hyperbaton... Continue Reading →

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