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|Subject:||Case Grammar vs Transformational Grammar|
|Question:||I heard that GTG by Noam Chomsky is already considered as an old theory, and some people said that that theory is wrong. It makes me think twice to use that theory for my thesis. How about case grammar? Is it true that this theory is better that Transformational grammar? And where can I find the references via online, because that theory is not really famous in my country and it is hard to find the books. Thank you.|
|Reply:||Semantic relations have been dealt with in many linguistic theories. Within Chomksy's generative frameworks, so-called transformational generative grammar has been superseded by more general theories such as the Minimalist Program. The Minimalist Program is rather heavy going, but I would suggest reading Andrew Radford's latest book to get a feel for that. Fillmore's original article was published in 1968. The earliest work within generative theory that dealt with semantic relations appeared in about 1967 (Jeffrey Gruber's MIT dissertation).|
|Reply From:||Susan D Fischer click here to access email|