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LINGUIST List 17.3673

Tue Dec 12 2006

Diss: Ling Theories: Meyer: 'Grammatische Praxis'

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        1.    Markus Meyer, Grammatische Praxis

Message 1: Grammatische Praxis
Date: 12-Dec-2006
From: Markus Meyer <mmmr-meyer.de>
Subject: Grammatische Praxis

Institution: University of Wuppertal
Program: Department of General Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2004

Author: Markus Richard Meyer

Dissertation Title: Grammatische Praxis

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Dissertation Director:
Danièle Clément
Rolf Elberfeld
Joachim Jacobs

Dissertation Abstract:

Investigating into the well-formedness, the 'grammaticality' of sentences
opens up not only the possiblity to draw a 'boundary of grammaticality'
between grammatical and ungrammatical sentences, but also to draw a
'boundary of grammar' as languages are constructed as objects of linguistic
inquiry by describing only the structure of 'grammatical' sentences. So
what is 'grammaticality'? In what way does 'grammaticality' limit the study
of languages? How can it be modeled theoretically? How can one decide
whether a given sentence it grammatical or not? What role do rules and
examples play?

In this book, science will be described as a specific form of 'practice'
according to the late Wittgnstein. It will be shown which consequences such
a 'practical point of view' has for the description and explanation of the
structure of languages.

From this 'practical point of view' different approaches will be described
and criticised (Chomsky's Generative Grammar, Optimality Theory).
Eisenberg's 'Grundriß der deutschen Grammatik' and the 'IDS-Grammatik der
deutschen Sprache' will be described in detail as examples of grammar writing.
Altogether this investigation shows which skills are fundamental for
grammarians in opposition to ordinary speakers of a language.

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