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Learnability of syntactic formalisms (was: OT Syntax)

From:taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 14, 2000, 15:40
* Marcus Smith <smithma@...> [001114 05:59]:
> And to be fair, for all of you who have been brainwashed into believing > that Minimalism is the Anti-Christ, Minimalism is one of three theories of > syntax that have been shown to be learnable, the other two being Tree > Ajoining Grammar and Categorial Grammar. The jury is still out on OT, and > all the rest (Transformational Grammar, Lexical Function Grammar, HPSG, > Role and Reference Grammar, etc) have been proved to be unlearnable. > Chomsky was not happy to hear that about his theory. :-)
Sources for that? I had HPSG in Linguistics 101, once I saw it in terms of object oriented programming it was clear sailing. And how do you define "unlearnable"? t.