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Read preview Synopsis This book aims to provide a thorough and wide-ranging introduction to approaches to morphology in linguistic theory over the last twenty years. This comprehensive survey concentrates not only on the generative linguistic mainstream, but on approaches that are less fashionable or relatively unknown to English-speaking linguists, and highlights recent European, particularly German-speaking research.
Excerpt The Linguistic Theory Guides have been commissioned with a rather special readership in mind—the typical linguist, who knows a good deal about a small number of theories in his or her area of specialism, but is baffled by the problem of keeping up with other theories even in that area, to say nothing of other areas. This theoretical narrowing is a practical problem if you are expected to teach on a broad front—say, to give a course of lectures on syntactic theory—when you only know one theory of syntax.
Honesty demands that one should tell students about alternative approaches, but how can you when you have at best a hazy idea of what most theories have to say? There can be very few linguists who have not rediscovered some wheel in their area of specialism, out of ignorance about work in other theories.
However, there is an even more serious problem at the research level, because one of the main goals of our joint research effort is to work towards the best possible theory or set of theories , and this can only be done if we constantly compare and evaluate all the available theories.
It is true that evaluation of theories is quite a subjective matter, and is far too complex for any kind of absolute certainty to be arrived at. All we can do is to make. Full access to this book and over 94, more Over 14 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles Access to powerful writing and research tools Book details.
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