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Generative linguistics is a school of thought within linguistics and it has been developed by the American linguist Noam Chomsky in the s. Chomsky and his followers challenged previous assumptions about language structure and language learning, taking the position that language is creative not memorized , and rule governed not based on habit , and that universal phenomena of the human mind underlie all language.

The basis to Chomsky's linguistic theory is that the principles underlying the structure of language are biologically determined in the human mind and hence genetically transmitted. He therefore argues that all humans share the same underlying linguistic structure, irrespective of socio-cultural difference.

In this he opposes the radical behaviourist psychology of B. Skinner, instead arguing that human language is unlike modes of communication used by any other animal species. Chomsky built on earlier work of Zellig Harris to formulate the generative theory of language.

According to this theory the most basic form of language is a set of syntactic rules universal for all humans and underlying the grammars of all human languages.

This set of rules is called Universal Grammar, and for Chomsky describing it is the primary objective of the discipline of linguistics. Early versions of this Chomsky's theory were called transformational grammar which was associated with a distinction between the "deep structure" and "surface structure" of sentences.

The deep structure represented the core semantic relations of a sentence, and was mapped on to the surface structure which followed the phonological form of the sentence very closely via transformations.

Chomsky believed there are considerable similarities between languages' deep structures, and that these structures reveal properties, common to all languages that surface structures conceal. The generative linguistics makes use of the concept of a generative grammar. A generative grammar of a language attempts to give a set of rules that will correctly predict which combinations of words will form or generate grammatical sentences.

Chomsky has argued that many of the properties of a generative grammar arise from an "innate" universal grammar. Proponents of generative grammar have argued that most grammar is not the result of communicative function and is not simply learned from the environment. In this respect, generative grammar takes a point of view different from cognitive grammar, functional, and behaviorist theories. From Chomsky's perspective, the strongest evidence for the existence of Universal Grammar is simply the fact that children successfully acquire their native languages in so little time.

Most versions of generative grammar characterize sentences as either grammatically correct also known as well formed or not. The rules of a generative grammar typically function as an algorithm to predict grammaticality as a discrete yes-or-no result.

Chomsky and other generativists have demonstrated that every native speaker of a language has an internal grammar that allows them to instinctively know what is a possible sentence in their language and what is not, and to only speak or write in a way that fits this grammar.

This means that a native speaker cannot use their language in a wrong way. To demonstrate, here is a grammatical English sentence:. This is not a grammatical sentence of English: 2 I wroted on-blog-a-mine, now-but I not-much does, nor is this: 3 I on my blog to write used, but now do I rarely, and of course not this: 4 Kcha plip plip blugu, muppu muppu fla gen.

There are, of course, different ways in English to express the thought behind sentence 1 , such as this: 5 I dont write on my blog as much as I used to. But for some reason, 2 , 3 and 4 are not utterances that an English speaker would produce in place of 1 or 5.

These example sentences would look very different in another language, but there would always be sentences that are part of the language and possible sentences that are not. Generative grammar theory tries to figure out how this works, how native speakers structure language. Perhaps Chomskys most influential and time-tested contribution to the field is the claim that modeling knowledge of language using a formal grammar accounts for the "productivity" or "creativity" of language. In other words, a formal grammar of a language can explain the ability of a hearer-speaker to produce and interpret an infinite number of utterances, including novel ones, with a limited set of grammatical rules and a finite set of terms.

The aim of the linguistic theory expounded by Chomsky in Syntactic Structures was essentially to describe syntax, that is, to specify the grammatical rules underlying the construction of sentences. In Chomsky's mature theory, as expounded in Aspects of the Theory of Syntax , the aims become more ambitious: to explain all of the linguistic relationships between the sound system and the meaning system of the language.

The heart of the grammar is the syntax;. The first task of Chomsky's syntax is to account for the speaker's understanding of the internal structure of sentences.

Sentences are not unordered strings of words, rather the words and morphemes are grouped into functional constituents such as the subject of the sentence, the predicate, the direct object, and so on.

Chomsky and other grammarians can represent much, though not all, of the speaker's knowledge of the internal structure of sentences with rules called "phrase structure" rules. The rules themselves are simple enough to understand. Other rules will similarly unpack NP and VP into their constituents.

In a very simple grammar, a noun phrase might consist of an article Art followed by a noun N ; and a verb phrase might consist of an auxiliary verb Aux , a main verb V , and a noun phrase NP. A very simple grammar of a fragment of English, then, might look like this:.

If we keep applying the rewrite rules to generate strings until we have no elements in our strings that occur on the left-hand side of a rewrite rule, we have arrived at a "terminal string. The information contained in this derivation can be represented graphically in a tree diagram of the following form:. This "phrase marker" is Chomsky's representation of the syntax of the sentence "The boy will read the book.

When generative grammar was first proposed, it was widely hailed as a way of formalizing the implicit set of rules a person "knows" when they know their native language and produce grammatical utterances in it. However Chomsky has repeatedly rejected that interpretation; according to him, the grammar of a language is a statement of what it is that a person has to know in order to recognize an utterance as grammatical, but not a hypothesis about the processes involved in either understanding or producing language.

Development of the generative linguistics In the 60s, the generative grammar became one of the central disciplines of the modern linguistics. This method was also used in semantics and morphology, and the first to introduce it in the phonological description of language was American linguist Morris Halle.

In the past 50 years many followers of Chomsky gave their own theories, and even Chomsky himself changed and improved his original ideas. The whole development of the generative grammar insured the close connection between the semantic and syntactic studies nowadays.

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Generative grammar The generative linguistics makes use of the concept of a generative grammar. To demonstrate, here is a grammatical English sentence: 1 I used to write on my blog, but now I rarely do. The heart of the grammar is the syntax; The first task of Chomsky's syntax is to account for the speaker's understanding of the internal structure of sentences. A very simple grammar of a fragment of English, then, might look like this: 1.

Aux - can, may, will, must, etc. V - read, hit, eat, etc. Art - a, the 7. N - boy, man, book, etc. Criticism When generative grammar was first proposed, it was widely hailed as a way of formalizing the implicit set of rules a person "knows" when they know their native language and produce grammatical utterances in it.

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Generative linguistics is a school of thought within linguistics and it has been developed by the American linguist Noam Chomsky in the s. Chomsky and his followers challenged previous assumptions about language structure and language learning, taking the position that language is creative not memorized , and rule governed not based on habit , and that universal phenomena of the human mind underlie all language. The basis to Chomsky's linguistic theory is that the principles underlying the structure of language are biologically determined in the human mind and hence genetically transmitted. He therefore argues that all humans share the same underlying linguistic structure, irrespective of socio-cultural difference. In this he opposes the radical behaviourist psychology of B. Skinner, instead arguing that human language is unlike modes of communication used by any other animal species. Chomsky built on earlier work of Zellig Harris to formulate the generative theory of language.

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