The Limitations of Present Day Syntax Theory

  • Gerald A. CoryJr.


Syntax theory, as currently articulated, cannot stand alone as a theory of grammar. The goal to achieve a syntax-only generative grammar that can produce all the well-formed and acceptable sentences in a language is doomed to failure. It is impossible on the basis of its own implicit assumption.


Implicit Assumption Lexical Item Body Language Syntactic Theory Universal Grammar 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald A. CoryJr.
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  1. 1.Center for Behavioral EcologySan JoseUSA

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