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19. Language / A. Language / 2. Syntax

[purely structural or grammatical features of language]

4 ideas
Chomsky's 'interpretative semantics' says syntax comes first, and is then interpreted [Magidor on Chomsky]
Syntax is independent of semantics; sentences can be well formed by meaningless [Magidor on Chomsky]
Generative semantics says structure is determined by semantics as well as syntactic rules [Magidor]
'John is easy to please' and 'John is eager to please' have different deep structure [Magidor]