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Statement of Purpose Reviewed work(s): Source: Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jan., 1970), p.

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Statement of Purpose

With the publication of Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structures in I957, the field of to certain radical Most Linguistics began undergo notable has been the apchanges. pearance of transformationalgenerative grammar as a serious candidate for an adequate theory of human language. Since that time, our knowledge has grown tremendously within the field of Linguistics and this knowledge has already begun to have an impact on a number of other fields, among them Anthropology, Acoustics, Biology, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the Psychopathology of Language. This impact has created the need for an intellectual platform where all of these fields can -come together for the purpose of exploring the ability of Man to manipulate symbols. Linguistic will attempt to provide such a platform. Inquiry Within the field of Linguistics itself, the research of the past fifteen years has led to the discovery of a whole spectrum of problems whose existence had not even been suspected. In an effort to meet the challenge of these problems new theories are being advanced at an astonishing rate. Linguistic Inquiry will attempt to bring these theories to the attention of the field and to encourage the debate which will ultimately decide which shall be discarded, which shall be modified and which shall be accepted as true and correct insights into the workings of language. To facilitate the inevitable debate of the next decade the journal will devote a significant portion of its pages to a section entitled "Squibs and Discussion" where short arguments are developed, where paradoxes and baffling facts with consequences for theory are brought to light, where reaction to issues raised in this journal and elsewhere will appear and where students of language and related fields will deposit and look for interesting areas of research. The journal will make every effort to match in speed of publication the speed with which new ideas are being formulated. We strongly urge you to write us with suggestionsabout what we might publish, or what we should not have published, or what should be reviewed or what new department should be created. Our overriding goal is to provide a stimulating forum for intellectual progress and controversy in the study of language and related fields. We welcome your participation.