Noam Chomsky's work has had a decisive influence on the development of linguistics and more broadly on the study of mind and language. This book, which contains two new papers by Chomsky, assesses that 'Chomskyan Turn' in linguistics and the cognitive sciences. The articles by Chomsky, 'Linguistics and Adjacent Fields' and 'Linguistics and Cognitive Science', are particularly valuable both in reviewing the current state of the generative enterprise and in presenting his new 'functional' approach to principles of Universal Grammar. The chapters making up the second part of the volume explore different facets of Chomsky's contribution to linguistics and the adjacent fields of philosophy and psychology. Phonology is the topic of Bromberger and Halle's chapter; Hornstein's paper considers aspects of semantics and Kasher's, pragmatics. Other contributions centre on psychological issues raised by Chomsky's writing. Matthews discusses the psychological reality of grammars; Pylyshn, representational realism and Wexler, language maturation. The articles by Fromkin and by Newmeyer discuss the development of the generative tradition while Leiber considers aspects of 'Cartesian Linguistics'.
The concluding papers focus on syntactic issues in Government and Binding. Rizzi examines referential indices while May, Lappin, Reinhart and Rothstein engage in an extended debate on the nature and status of Logical Form.
Asa Kasher is A. Horodisch Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University