REVIEWS 723 ues is its informational content: it offers succinct summaries of each of Chomsky’s five works and of the various evaluations. In addition, it puts forth an insightful view of the evolution of gen- erative linguistics. The importance of the new approach lies in its contributions both to linguistic historiography and to linguistic theory (182–85). From the perspective of historiography, the new approach meets the six general criteria formulated on pp. 105–6. While K’s argument does not pass judgment on any particular version of generative grammar or on the basic approach, it also offers food for thought for practicing linguists in that it reveals the fundamentally uncertain and provisional character of the solutions proposed for problems. The most significant insights of the p-model appear to apply far beyond the pale of linguistic historiography. It bans the notion of exclusivity: of unique and unchanging answers to questions; instead, it argues for pluralism and dynamicity. In this view, the plurality of theories is not a fault but a benefit, and change is not fatal inconsistency but a natural step in the process of theory con- struction. The fundamentally nonabsolutistic, pluralistic approach of the p-model goes a long way toward softening
Language – Linguistic Society of America
Published: Sep 12, 2018
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