“Chomskyan Linguistics” comes to Iranian bookstores

January 9, 2022 - 18:40

TEHRAN – “Chomskyan Linguistics and Its Competitors” by Pius ten Hacken of the University of Innsbruck has been published in Persian.

The Tehran-based Organization for Researching and Composing University Textbooks in the Humanities – SAMT is the publisher of the book translated by Parsa Bamshadi.

The book explains Chomskyan linguistics in an accessible and balanced way. It takes objections that have been made to the assumptions in the research program seriously and explains why these assumptions can and should be made.

The study also explains the differences between Chomskyan linguistics and its main competitors without bias. This will help the reader to understand research articles in different frameworks.

The book shows how areas of linguistics that are not central to Chomskyan linguistics can be incorporated within this framework.

Noam Chomsky is not only one of the most influential, but also one of the most controversial figures in 20th-century linguistics. 

In view of the polarization of opinions on Chomsky, giving a balanced account of Chomskyan linguistics is an ambitious venture. 

The approach chosen here is to describe both Chomskyan linguistics and the positions defended by its opponents in terms of research programs. 

A research program consists of a number of assumptions on what language is and how it should be studied. Only by assuming that research programs adopted by a large number of scholars for a prolonged period have to be rational, coherent systems can we hope to fully understand the nature of the conflicts among them.

After a general discussion of the concept of a research program, the book shows how the various stages of Chomskyan theory can be analyzed as belonging to a single, coherent research program. 

This research program is then compared to the ones for Post-Bloomfieldian linguistics, Lexical-Functional Grammar, Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar and Montague Grammar, and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. 

Finally, the relevance of the research program of Chomskyan linguistics for the practical study of the acquisition, change and use of language is addressed.

Photo: Cover of the Persian edition of “Chomskyan Linguistics and Its Competitors” by Pius ten Hacken.

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