The central question in comparative syntactic methatheory

Geoffrey K Pullum

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Two kinds of theoretical framework for syntax are encountered in current linguistics. One emerged from the mathematization of proof theory, and is referred to here as generative-enumerative syntax (GES). A less explored alternative stems from the semantic side of logic, and is here called model-theoretic syntax (MTS). I sketch the outlines of each, and give a capsule summary of some mathematical results pertaining to the latter. I then briefly survey some diverse types of evidence suggesting that in some ways MTS seems better suited to theorizing about the relevant linguistic phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-521
Number of pages29
JournalMind and Language
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


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