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Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory

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Grammar without grammaticality

Geoffrey R Sampson
Published Online: 2007-08-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CLLT.2007.001


1. Introduction

A key intellectual advance in 20th-century linguistics lay in the realization that a typical human language allows the construction not just of a very large number of distinct utterances but actually of infinitely many distinct utterances. However, although languages came to be seen as non-finite systems in that respect, they were seen as bounded systems: any particular sequence of words, it was and is supposed, either is wellformed or is not, though infinitely many distinct sequences are each wellformed. I believe that the concept of “ungrammatical” or “ill-formed” word-sequences is a delusion, based on a false conception of the kind of thing a human language is.

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Published Online: 2007-08-20

Published in Print: 2007-04-19

Citation Information: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 1–32, ISSN (Online) 1613-7035, ISSN (Print) 1613-7027, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CLLT.2007.001.

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