Generative Grammar in Europe

  • Editors
  • F. Kiefer
  • N. Ruwet

Part of the Foundations of Language book series (FLSS, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Werner Abraham
    Pages 1-19
  3. John M. Anderson
    Pages 20-47
  4. Manfred Bierwisch
    Pages 69-111
  5. J. J. Christie
    Pages 122-140
  6. François Dell
    Pages 141-153
  7. Maurice Gross
    Pages 203-217
  8. Ferenc Kiefer
    Pages 218-242
  9. W. G. Klooster
    Pages 243-283
  10. I. A. Mel’čuk
    Pages 315-332
  11. Traugott Schiebe
    Pages 482-527
  12. Pieter A. M. Seuren
    Pages 528-564
  13. H. J. Verkuyl
    Pages 582-615
  14. Anna Wierzbicka
    Pages 616-628
  15. Dieter Wunderlich
    Pages 629-672
  16. W. U. Wurzel
    Pages 673-690
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 691-691

About this book


The present volume is intended to give an overall picture of research in pro­ gress in the field of generative grammar in various parts of Europe. The term 'generative grammar' must, however, be understood here rather broadly. What seemed to be an easily definable technical term several years ago is becoming more and more vague and imprecise. Research in generative gram­ mar is carried on according to rather diversified methodological principles and being a generative grammarian is often more a matter of confession than any adherence to the common line of methodology which can be traced back to the conception of grammatical description initiated by Noam Chomsky. The direct or indirect influence of this conception is, however, clearly recog­ nizable in most of the papers of this volume. The most difficult thing was, naturally enough, to select appropriate papers in the realm of semantics. Apart from the special trend in generative grammar referred to as 'generative semantics' (though here, too, we might ponder on what 'generative' really means) the term 'generative' is hardly employed in semantics. The search for semantic primes, the application of the methods of mathematical logic, the inquiry into the intricate relationships between syntax and semantics and the utilization of syntactic information in semantics are perhaps the most charac­ teristic traits of contemporary semantics. All of this, of course, is at no variance with the principles of generative grammar, on the contrary, most of it has been made possible through the achievements of generative grammar.


Flexion Flexive Grammatik Tempora Textgrammatik comparative grammar linguistics predicative preposition pronominal quantifiers relative clauses syntactic

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-2505-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2503-4
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