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Subject: The Nature of Explanation in Linguistic Theory: Moore, Polinsky (Eds.)


Title: The Nature of Explanation in Linguistic Theory
Series Title: CSLI Lecture Notes, # 162 

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	CSLI Publications 

Editor: John Moore, University of California, San Diego
Editor: Maria Polinsky, University of California, San Diego 

Paperback: ISBN: 1575864541, Pages: 320, Comment: Contact University
	 of Chicago Press for price information.


Elegant and parsimonious analyses have been a point of pride among
linguists since at least the time of the Neogrammarians. Since
Chomsky's (1962) pioneering work on the goals of linguistic theory,
this has been subsumed under the rubric of explanation. In addition to
describing a set of data, an analysis must also be achieve an
explanation of the phenomena (explanatory adequacy, in Chomsky's
work). But what precisely renders a linguistic account explanatorily
adequate? What are the empirical and theoretical trade-offs that come
into play when linguists aim for explanation? These questions are at
the core of this volume. Renowned scholars weigh in on the nature on
explanation in linguistic theory and suggest answers to these
fundamental questions.

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