The Kuhnian Aspects of the Chomskyan Scientific Paradigm
The Kuhnian Aspects of the Chomskyan Scientific Paradigm, Facta Universitatis, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 19-26, 2006
8 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2010
Date Written: September 21, 2010
This paper analyzes Chomsky's system of grammatical description seeking elements that might prove that his approach, started in 1957 with the publication of Syntactic Structures, actually marked a scientific "leap" in the sense that Thomas Kuhn described 'a scientific revolution'. The author considers the latest, level-free, developments in Chomsky's theory as similar to his earlier work and analyzes the internal structure of his theory up to the appearance of the Government and Binding approach.
Keywords: Chomsky, Kuhn, transformational-generative grammar, scientific revolution, paradigm, empiricism, rationalism
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