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Generative Linguistics in Mainland China
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The first appearance of Noam Chomsky as a linguist in Mainland China was on a brief review of a critique of Syntactic Structures by a linguist from the former Soviet Union carried in Спутник (Satellite, a journal for Chinese learners of Russian edited by Hēilóngjiāng Dàxué 黑龍江大學 Hēilóngjiāng University) in 1960. Due to the ideological confinement at that time, nobody in the linguistic community in Mainland China realized that the little book had ignited a linguistic revolution in North America until a group of Chinese linguists …

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Chunyan NING, “Generative Linguistics in Mainland China”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000163>
First published online: 2015

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