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BULGARIAN POLEMICS ON AMERICAN GENERATIVISM (1950s-1970s): A PEEK THROUGH THE IRON CURTAIN


Vol.1, Issue 2, 2015, pp.101-114 Full text


DOI: https://doi.org/10.33919/esnbu.15.2.7
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Author: Tzvetomira Venkova
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7325-8446

Affiliation:
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria

Abstract
The paper discusses the attitude of Bulgarian linguistic circles towards American generative grammar at its birth and establishment in the period from the 1950s to the 1970s. Bulgarian treatment of generativism is analysed by following the two opposing lines in it: the hegemonic ideologically-biased rejection and its polemic support. An attempt is made to disregard the heat of discussions and rather focus on the underlying grounds of the criticism. The philosophical-ideological motivation of the polemics is considered, as well as the key topics of generative grammar, upheld by its proponents. In general, the analysis tends to the study of the processes of intellectual and cultural transfer in modern linguistics.

Key words: generativism, Bulgarian generativism, Marxist criticism of generative grammar, linguistic historiography, first Bulgarian generativists

Article history:
Received: 3 November 2015;
Reviewed: 23 November 2015;
Revised: 7 December 2015;
Accepted: 21 December 2015;
Published: 31 December 2015

Citation (APA6):
Venkova, Tsvetomira. (2015). Bulgarian polemics on American Generativism (1950s-1970s): a peek through the Iron curtain. English Studies at NBU, 1(2), 101-114. https://doi.org/10.33919/esnbu.15.2.7

Copyright © 2015 Tsvetomira Venkova

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