David E. Johnson (born December 21, 1946 in Princeton, New Jersey) is an American linguist. He is the co-inventor of arc pair grammar.
Johnson is best known for his work on relational grammar, especially the development with Paul Postal in 1977 of arc pair grammar.
In the late 1990s, Johnson and Shalom Lappin published the first detailed critiques of Noam Chomsky's Minimalist program. This work was followed by a lively debate with proponents of minimalism on the scientific status of the program
Johnson has an Erdős number of 4.
- ^ Johnson, David E. and Paul M. Postal (1980). Arc Pair Grammar. Princeton: PUP. ISBN 0-691-08270-7
- ^ Johnson, David E. and Shalom Lappin (1997), "A Critique of the Minimalist Program" in Linguistics and Philosophy 20, 273-333
- ^ Johnson, David E. and Shalom Lappin (1999). Local Constraints vs Economy. Stanford: CSLI
- ^ *Lappin, Shalom, Robert Levine and David E. Johnson (2000a). "The Structure of Unscientific Revolutions." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 18, 665-771
- ^ 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
- ^ Lappin, Shalom, Robert Levine and David E. Johnson (2001). "The Revolution Maximally Confused." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 19, 901-919
- 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