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The Linguistics Wars: Chomsky, Lakoff, and the Battle over Deep Structure

The Linguistics Wars: Chomsky, Lakoff, and the Battle over Deep Structure

An updated and expanded history of the field of linguistics from the 1950s to the current day.

The Linguistics Wars tells the tumultuous history of language and cognition studies from the rise of Noam Chomsky's Transformational Grammar to the current day. Focusing on the rupture that split the field between Chomsky's structuralist vision and George Lakoff's meaning-driven theories, Randy Allen Harris portrays the extraordinary personalities that were central to the dispute and its aftermath, alongside the data, technical developments, and social currents that fueled the unfolding and expanding schism. This new edition, updated to cover the more than twenty-five years since its original publication and to trace the impact of that schism on the shape of linguistics in the twenty-first century, is essential reading for all those interested in the study of language, the making of knowledge, and some of the most brilliant minds of our era.

Chapter 1. Language, Thought, and the Linguistics Wars

Chapter 2. The Beauty of Deep Structure

Chapter 3. Generative Semantics 1: The Model

Chapter 4. Generative Semantics 2: The Heresy

Chapter 5. The Vicissitudes of War

Chapter 6. Generative Semantics 3: The Ethos

Chapter 7. Generative Semantics 4: The Collapse

Chapter 8. Twentieth Century Linguistics at Closing Time

Chapter 9. The Aftermath: Twenty-First Century Linguistics

Chapter 10. Chomsky Agonistes

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