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Introduction

  • David R. Dowty
  • Robert E. Wall
  • Stanley Peters
Chapter
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 11)

Abstract

Linguists who work within the tradition of transformational generative grammar tend to regard semantics as an intractable, perhaps ultimately unfathomable, part of language. In diagrams of the overall organization of the theory of grammar the semantic component is that box ritually drawn next to the one labelled “Syntactic Component” and connected to it by arrows of uncertain significance. The semantic box itself is generally empty — which is fitting for a component of grammar about which, it is believed, next to nothing is known.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Dowty
    • 1
  • Robert E. Wall
    • 2
  • Stanley Peters
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of LinguisticsOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of LinguisticsUniversity of Texas at AustinUSA
  3. 3.CSLIStanfordUSA

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