This chapter closes the book by tracing the development of its key themes from the end of World War II up to the present day. In particular, different attitudes and approaches to the study of meaning in linguistics are investigated. The first part of the chapter looks at the retreat into formalism and distancing from the problems of meaning that characterised American Structuralism in the wake of Leonard Bloomfield and was continued in the generative grammar of Noam Chomsky. The second part examines efforts at linguistic semantics, focusing on the Natural Semantic Metalanguage of Anna Wierzbicka and her recent proposal for Minimal English.
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