By John A. Goldsmith, Geoffrey J. Huck
In The Ideological constitution of Linguistic Theory Geoffrey J. Huck and John A. Goldsmith offer a revisionist account of the improvement of rules approximately semantics in glossy theories of language, focusing relatively on Chomsky's very public rift with the Generative Semanticists concerning the inspiration of Deep constitution.
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Notwithstanding the position he had taken on this issue, Chomsky had at other times assumed that the overarching theory of generative grammar was essentially a mediational one, one which included both a level of semantic representation and a level of surface structure. Indeed, the 34 GAPS IN THE PARADIGM assumption of the existence of a level of semantic representation led to what was perhaps Chomsky's best-known criticism of Generative Semantics - that it was unconstrained. For example, in Language and Responsibility (1979), he made the following observation (p.
Bach 1968, McCawley 1975a: 22). g. the paraphrase relation between John's refusal and the fact that John refused, see Newmeyer 1980: 119, 1986: 11 0) that spoke in its favor. 23 Thus, as much as Chomsky had provided some good reasons in his paper for taking a lexicalist approach seriously, he had not succeeded in showing the Generative Semanticists (and/or those who might have been tempted to follow them) that the lexical approach necessarily improved on the transformational approach. In fact, while "Remarks" had demonstrated that there were problems with the rather simplistic transformational accounts that he had considered, that paper had not so much solved those problems as pushed them under the rug.
Lakoff 1971). Such constraints drew on information about one derivation to affect another, hence adding considerable power to the theory. But even with such devices, it is not at all clear that Generative Semantics would have been any less constrained than In terpretive Semantics if the latter had made precise proposals to handle the range of data that the Generative Semantics devices were designed to account for. And where restrictive solutions could be found, they were generally not ipso fado incompatible with a Generative Semantics perspective.
Ideology and Linguistic Theory: Noam Chomsky and the Deep Structure Debates by John A. Goldsmith, Geoffrey J. Huck