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Volume 33, Issue 3



Sam Featherston
Published Online: 2007-12-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/TL.2007.027


The commenting authors have provided thoughtful contributions which I read with pleasure. All of them lend their weight to the call for work in synax to improve its empirical practice and apply a little more rigour in its treatment of data. The contributors also differ from my own positions in a number of ways, but most clearly on the issue of the theoretical construct grammaticality. They debate the virtues of my adoption of a gradient model of well-formedness, and discuss whether and to what extent the findings of empirical studies can bear upon the issue, an important topic for workers in the field to explore if work is to become more empirically adequate. Since the aim of my article was to stimulate debate, these differences can only be welcome, since they provide the reader with a direct comparison. The goal of this volume will have been achieved if each reader first, notes the degree of consensus on the issue of the reform of practice in syntactic theory, and second, is able to weigh up the different positions adopted on the way forward.

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Published Online: 2007-12-13

Published in Print: 2007-12-11

Citation Information: Theoretical Linguistics, Volume 33, Issue 3, Pages 401–413, ISSN (Print) 0301-4428, ISSN (Print) 1613-4060, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/TL.2007.027.

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