Generative grammar and the faculty of language: Insights, questions, and challenges

Noam Chomsky, Ángel J. Gallego, Dennis Ott

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This paper provides an overview of what we take to be the key current issues in the field of Generative Grammar, the study of the human Faculty of Language. We discuss some of the insights this approach to language has produced, including substantial achievements in the understanding of basic properties of language and its interactions with interfacing systems. This progress in turn gives rise to new research questions, many of which could not even be coherently formulated until recently. We highlight some of the most pressing outstanding challenges, in the hope of inspiring future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-261
Number of pages33
JournalCatalan Journal of Linguistics
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Basic properties
  • Faculty of language
  • Generative Grammar
  • Interfaces
  • Operations
  • Syntax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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