Grammar without Grammaticality

Sampson, Geoffrey (2007) Grammar without Grammaticality. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 3 (1-2). 1-32, 111. ISSN 1613-7027

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A key intellectual advance in 20th-century linguistics lay in the realization that a typical human language allows the construction not just of a very large number of distinct utterances but actually of infinitely many distinct utterances. However, although languages came to be seen as non-finite systems in that respect, they were seen as bounded systems: any particular sequence of words, it was and is supposed, either is wellformed or is not, though infinitely many distinct sequences are each wellformed. I believe that the concept of “ungrammatical” or “ill-formed” word-sequences is a delusion, based on a false conception of the kind of thing a human language is.

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Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Geoffrey Richard Sampson
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:36
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