Grammatical Theory: Its Limits and Possibilities

Newmeyer persuasively defends the controversial theory of transformational generative grammar. Grammatical Theory is for every linguist, philosopher, or psychologist who is skeptical of generative grammar and wants to learn more about it. Newmeyer's formidable scholarship raises the level of debate on transformational generative grammar. He stresses the central importance of an autonomous formal grammar, discusses the limitations of discourse-based approaches to syntax, cites support for generativist theory in recent research, and clarifies misunderstood concepts associated with generative grammar.