Noam Chomsky

Syntactic Structures

1957 (First published)

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Author
Noam Chomsky
Date
1957 First published
Publication Location USA
Genre
Language English
Notes Syntactic Structures is a major work in linguistics by American linguist Noam Chomsky. It was first published in 1957. It introduced the idea of transformational generative grammar. This approach to syntax (the study of sentence structures) was fully formal (based on symbols and rules). At its base, this method uses phrase structure rules. These rules break down sentences into smaller parts. Chomsky then combines these with a new kind of rules called "transformations". This procedure gives rise to different sentence structures. Using this limited set of rules, Chomsky aimed to "generate" all and only the grammatical sentences of a given language, which are unlimited in number.

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