24.5288, Books: Grammar Without Grammaticality: Sampson, Babarczy

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Subject: 24.5288, Books: Grammar Without Grammaticality: Sampson, Babarczy

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Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:26:05
From: Linda Steglich [linda.steglich at degruyter.com]
Subject: Grammar Without Grammaticality: Sampson, Babarczy

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Title: Grammar Without Grammaticality 
Subtitle: Growth and Limits of Grammatical Precision 
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 254  

Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
	   http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
	

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/183546?format=G 


Author: Geoffrey Sampson
Author: Anna Babarczy

Electronic: ISBN:  9783110290011 Pages: 341 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN:  9783110289770 Pages: 341 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Abstract:

Linguists have standardly assumed that grammar is about identifying all and
only the 'good' sentences of a language, which implies that there must be
other, 'bad' sentences - but in practice most linguists know that it is hard
to pin those down. The standard assumption is no more than an assumption. A
century ago, grammarians did not think about their subject that way, and our
book shows that the older idea was right:  linguists can and should dispense
with the concept 'starred sentence'. We draw on corpus data in order to
support a different model of grammar, in which individuals refine positive
grammatical habits to greater or lesser extents in diverse and unpredictable
directions, but nothing is ever ruled out. Languages are not merely
alternative methods of verbalizing universal logical forms. We use empirical
evidence to shed light on the routes by which school-age children gradually
expand their battery of grammatical resources, which turn out to be sometimes
counter-intuitive. Our rejection of the 'starred sentence' concept has
attracted considerable discussion, and we summarize the reactions and respond
to our critics. The contrasting models of grammar described in this book
entail contrasting pictures of human nature; our closing chapter shows that
grammatical theory is not value-neutral but has an ethical dimension.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                     Syntax
                     Text/Corpus Linguistics


Written In: English  (eng)

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