David E. Johnson

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David E. Johnson (born December 21, 1946 in Princeton, New Jersey) is an American linguist. He is the co-inventor of arc pair grammar.

Work[edit]

Johnson is best known for his work on relational grammar, especially the development with Paul Postal in 1977 of arc pair grammar.[1]

In the late 1990s, Johnson and Shalom Lappin published the first detailed critiques of Noam Chomsky's Minimalist program.[2][3] This work was followed by a lively debate with proponents of minimalism on the scientific status of the program[4][5][6]

Johnson has an Erdős number of 4.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, David E. and Paul M. Postal (1980). Arc Pair Grammar. Princeton: PUP. ISBN 0-691-08270-7
  2. ^ Johnson, David E. and Shalom Lappin (1997), "A Critique of the Minimalist Program" in Linguistics and Philosophy 20, 273-333
  3. ^ Johnson, David E. and Shalom Lappin (1999). Local Constraints vs Economy. Stanford: CSLI
  4. ^ *Lappin, Shalom, Robert Levine and David E. Johnson (2000a). "The Structure of Unscientific Revolutions." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 18, 665-771
  5. ^ Lappin, Shalom, Robert Levine and David E. Johnson (2000b). "The Revolution Confused: A Reply to our Critics." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 18, 873-890
  6. ^ Lappin, Shalom, Robert Levine and David E. Johnson (2001). "The Revolution Maximally Confused." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 19, 901-919

Sources[edit]

  • Johnson, David E. (1974/1979). Toward a Theory of Relationally-based Grammar. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics Series, ed. Jorge Hankamer. NY: Garland Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8240-9682-3
  • Newmeyer, Frederick (1980). Linguistics in America. New York: Academic Press. ISBN 978-90-277-1290-5