On the Chomskyan
view, there is a disjunction between Level 1 and Level 2 accounts of function.
linguistics, set-theory has the status of a metalanguage (thus, our (b) set), as Chomsky himself acknowledges:
linguistics is directed toward examining the ways in which an innate mental language organ can produce the diversity of human languages.
The implications of the developments outlined in the preceding sections of this paper suggest a growing need for a research agenda on Chomsky's ideas about the language system as a whole, his transformational syntax, his focus on the cognitively represented competence of (native) speakers, and the Chomskyan
view of first language acquisition.
It might be noted at this point, that Higginbotham's approach, in comparison to the Chomskyan
paradigm, considerably extends the scope and aims of linguistic theory.
3-35 passim, which works out the implications of the Chomskyan
linguistic-cognitive approach for human cognitive capacities other than language, such as the cognitive capacities for vision, musical appreciation and culture (social organization).
"Rules and Representations: Chomsky and Representational Realism." The Chomskyan
(7.) The classic reference is Chomsky (1957), but it will be apparent that distinction need not be cashed out in Chomskyan
With the minimalist approach, generative syntax--the framework in which much of the work on Romance auxiliary choice is being carried out at present--has backed off from the original Chomskyan
motto proclaiming the autonomy of syntax, which formed the main thrust of (early) generative grammar.
Consistent with the deterministic confidence of linguists generally, most theorists have simply adopted the general Chomskyan
assumption that "performance" is irrelevant and that discoverable, systematic rules govern the stress patterns of utterances, just as similar rules govern their syntax.
The goal of this paper is to show that the view (generally adopted in the field of Chomskyan
Generative Grammar over the past twenty years) that the semantic function of verbal arguments can be couched in terms of the traditional thematic roles (Agent, Theme, etc.) has led to unsatisfactory results and has proved to be specially faulty in predicting the syntactic realisation of arguments (linking).
It seems to me that Pollock has very successfully achieved his aim of offering an overview of the essential features of contemporary Chomskyan
syntactic theory for the beginning student or lay reader.