The starting point of this book was a growing sense of disquiet with a great deal of the work being done in current theoretical linguistics. Generally our feeling was that such work was throwing very little light on the object of enquiry: language. It was clear that many of those who had turned to theoretical linguistics on the quite reasonable assumption that it would help them to understand the nature of language had been dissapointed. We were aware that psychologists, teachers, sociologists, computer scientists and philosophers interested in language had come largely to disregard the theoretical work that was being done in linguistics.
KeywordsNative Speaker Linguistic Theory Language User Language Production Linguistic Analysis
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