Skeptical Linguistic Essays

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CONTENTS
Introduction3
PART I. STUDIES IN LINGUISTICS
1. A Paradox in English Syntax15
2. A Putatively Banned Type of Raising83
3. A New Raising Mystery109
4. Chromaticity: An Overlooked English Grammatical Category Distinction138
5. The Structure of One Type of American English Vulgar Minimizer159
6. The Openness of Natural Languages173
PART II. STUDIES OF JUNK LINGUISTICS
7. Junk Syntax 1: A Supposed Account of Strong Crossover Effects205
8. Junk Syntax 2: “There Remain a Few As Yet Unexplained Exceptions”233
9. Junk Ethics 1: Advances in Linguistic Rhetoric286
10. Junk Refereeing: Our Tax Dollars at Work293
11. Junk Ethics 2: The Most Irresponsible Passage296
12. Junk Reasoning 1: If It Doesn't Follow Automatically, Then It's Pretty Much Got to at Least Virtually Follow, and If Not, Don't Worry; It Is Still Unquestionably Natural306
13. Junk Reasoning 2: '(Virtually) Conceptually Necessary'323
14. Junk Linguistics: The Bottom Line337
Notes339
References385
Index405

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