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Book: The Western Classical Tradition in Linguistics

Chapter: Paradigms for linguistic analysis: Bloomfieldian linguistics and the Chomsky revolution

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.29468


Topics include: The problem of classifying and categorizing data; On kinds of inference applicable to linguistic theorizing; Bloomfieldian linguistics; Chomsky’s disillusionment with the inductivist paradigm; The Chomsky revolution; Correlating theoretical constructs with the reality they purport to represent; Evaluating linguistic hypotheses: what a theory of language should do; An eclectic approach; A tale of two paradigms

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