Root transformations as a waste-basket forpotential counter-examples to the Structure-Preserving Constraint

Melinda Sinclair


Generative grammarians have often claimed that transformational generative grammar does have the status of an empirical science. l ) Botha (1978, p.30) points out that this claim is problematic in more than one sense. He (1978, p.30) formulates one of the problems that arises in connection with this claim as follows:

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