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Grammar Without Grammaticality (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [Tilsm])

Grammar Without Grammaticality (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [Tilsm])

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  • ISBN-13: 9783110289770
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
  • Release Date: Dec 12, 2013
  • Pages: 341 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.1 x 9.2 x 6.5 inches

Overview

Grammar is said to be about defining all and only the 'good' sentences of a language, implying that there are other, 'bad' sentences - but it is hard to pin those down. A century ago, grammarians did not think that way, and they were right: linguists can and should dispense with 'starred sentences'. Corpus data support a different model: individuals develop positive grammatical habits of growing refinement, but nothing is ever ruled out. The contrasting models entail contrasting pictures of human nature; our final chapter shows that grammatical theory is not value-neutral but has an ethical dimension.


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