Linguistics Wars
Definition - The name for an academic dispute amongst American generative linguists that commenced in the 1960s and 1970s and has persisted into the new millenium.

It began as a falling out between Noam Chomsky and some of his early adherents (John R. Ross, Paul Postal, James McCawley, and George Lakoff) who disagreed with Chomsky's approach to semantics, so much so that they broke from him and created the research program now known as generative semantics.


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