Re: What was Noam Chomsky's contribution to *LINGUISTICS*?



I posted a link a little while ago to some psycholinguistic work which
amongst other things gathers some data about binding intuitions
(http://www.ling.rochester.edu/faculty/runner/dnload/Wccfl_RunneretalWCCFL02.pdf).

Alex

Brian M. Scott wrote:
> On Sat, 12 Nov 2005 13:39:53 GMT, "Peter T. Daniels"
> <grammatim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
> <news:4375F0A6.474F@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> in sci.lang:
>
> [...]
>
> > See Jim McCawley's LACUS talk (it was a featured evening address) in
> > Chicago in 1993 (John Lawler might be able to say whether it's been
> > reprinted somewhere more accessible). He proposed studying
> > grammaticality judgments -- that is, polling, say, the students in
> > syntax class to discover how many found a particular example acceptable.
> > Such statistics, not just the judgments themselves, would be data.
>
> > A few years later, Postal hosted a talk at NYU by the late Jerrold Katz.
> > In the question period I introduced them to McCawley's suggestion
> > (apparently they didn't keep in touch over the years) and they both
> > called it ridiculous.
>
> I'd have thought it a rather obvious thing to do, and a very
> sensible one, too. Do you know whether anyone has actually
> published anything of the sort?
>
> [...]
>
> Brian

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