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Syntactic Structures is the name of an influential book by Noam Chomsky first published in 1957. Widely regarded as one of the most important texts in the field of linguistics,[1] this work touted the then-popular behaviorist theories of B.F. Skinner and others and also laid the foundation of Chomsky's idea of transformational grammar. The book contains the notorious example of a sentence that is 100% grammatical, but completely nonsensical in "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."[2]

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  1. For example, see Cohn, Neil. 2003. "Visual Syntactic Structures." Emaki Productions. [1], p. 3.
  2. Chomsky, Noam. 1957. Syntactic Structures. The Hague/Paris: Mouton, p. 15.

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