Chomsky, Noam (1928–)

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List of works

  • Chomsky, N. (1957) Syntactic Structures, The Hague: Mouton.

    (First work on Transformational Grammar.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1959) ‘Review of Verbal Behavior by B.F. Skinner’, Language 35: 26–58.

    (A critique of behaviourist approaches to learning.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1965) Aspects of a Theory of Syntax, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (Outlines the Standard Model.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1969) ‘Quine’s Empirical Assumptions’, in D. Davidson and J. Hintikka (eds) Words and Objections, Dordrecht: Reidel.

  • Chomsky, N. (1973) ‘Conditions on Transformations’, in S.R. Anderson and P. Kiparsky (eds) A Festschrift for Morris Halle, New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

    (Begins the move away from rule-based approaches to grammar.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1975) Reflections on Language, New York: Pantheon.

    (A good non-technical review of the extended standard theory and various philosophical issues related to generative grammar.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1977) Essays on Form and Interpretation, Amsterdam: North Holland.

    (Essays in the extended standard theory.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1980) Rules and Representations, New York: Columbia University Press.

    (Essays on linguistics and philosophy.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1981) Lectures on Government and Binding, Dordrecht: Foris.

  • Chomsky, N. (1983) ‘Some Conceptual Shifts in the Study of Language’, in L. Cauman, I. Levi, C. Parsons and R. Schwartz (eds) How Many Questions?: essays in honor of Sidney Morgenbesser, Indianapolis, IN: Hackett.

    (A description of how linguistic theory has changed from Syntactic Structures to Local Government Binding.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1986) Knowledge of Language, New York: Praeger.

    (Chapter 3 provides an informal yet challenging overview of Government Binding Theory.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1995) The Minimalist Program, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (Chomsky’s best current text on Minimalism.)

  • Chomsky, N. (1996) Powers and Prospects, Boston, MA: South End Press.

    (More recent philosophical esays on E-language and dualism.)

References and further reading

  • Dummett, M.A.E. (1986) ‘Comments on Davidson and Hacking’, in E. Lepore (ed.) Truth and Interpretation, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (Argues in favour of the importance of E-languages.)

  • Fillmore, C.J. (1963) ‘The Position of Embedding Transformations in a Grammar’, Word 19: 208–231.

    (A technical critique of Generalized Transformations.)

  • Haegeman, L. (1994) Introduction to Government and Binding Theory, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (A good textbook on Government Binding Theory.)

  • Lightfoot, D.W. (1982) The Language Lottery, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (A good introduction to the logic of linguistic research.)

  • Pinker, S. (1994) The Language Instinct, New York: Morrow.

    (Combines Darwin and Chomsky to argue that linguistic competence is a human instinct rather than cultural phenomenon. Good introduction to linguistic research.)

  • Quine, W.V. (1960) Word and Object, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (Argues for the radical indeterminacy of certain aspects of linguistic theory.)

  • Skinner, B.F. (1957) Verbal Behavior, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.

    (Presents the behaviourist account of language that Chomsky influentially criticized.)

  • Webelhuth, G. (1995) Government and Binding Theory and the Minimalist Program, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (A very good advanced text on Government Binding Theory.)

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Hornstein, Norbert. Bibliography. Chomsky, Noam (1928–), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-U053-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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