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Title: A pragmatist interpretation of generative grammar
Author: Mallory, Fintan Declan
ISNI:       0000 0004 7969 995X
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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Abstract:
To the outsider, generative grammar may seem like a radically unintuitive way of explaining our knowledge of language. It appears to characterise a device for building and interpreting sentences while insisting that this device is not involved in performance. This thesis is an attempt to make sense of the idea that generative grammar describes computations that don't actually happen in any temporal sense. It does so by providing an interpretation of the field and its results which emphasises the radically different conception of language underlying it. The thesis explains the philosophical context in which generative grammar developed and provides analyses of of the roles played by concepts like recursion, computation, and function-in-intension.
Supervisor: Textor, Mark ; Clark, Alexander Simon Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.784446  DOI: Not available
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