Generative Semantics

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Generative Semantics was an orientation of generative linguistics that was based on the hypothesis that deep structures are to be identified with semantic representations. Generative semantics opposed interpretative semantics in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Notable proponents were George Lakoff and Jim McCawley.


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  • Lakoff, G. 1971. On Generative Semantics, in:D.Steinberg & L.Jacobovits, eds. Semantics, 232-296, cambridge University Press:Cambridge.
  • McCawley, J. 1968. Lexical insertion in a grammar without Deep Structure, in: B.J. Darden, C.-J.N. Bailey, and A. Davison (eds.) Papers from the fourth regional meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago.