Generative syntax (part 1 of 2)

Morphology is the study of how morphemes combine to form words.  Syntax is the study of how words and phrases combine to form sentences.  There are two approaches: (i) emergentist and (ii) generativist.  In the first approach, an infant develops his or her knowledge of various sentence structures over the course of development.  In the second approach, an infant acquires the full range of available structures from a dedicated language module within the brain.  In this essay I am concerned with generative approaches to syntax.  Read the full PDF here: Generative syntax 1

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