John Robert Ross

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John Robert “Haj” Ross (born May 7, 1938 in Boston , Massachusetts ) is an American linguist . Ross was instrumental in the development of Generative Semantics and worked in this context with George Lakoff . Ross is also known for his work on scrambling and gapping of generative view and for the coined by him to phrase category squish that a smooth transition in distinguishing syntactic categories in the languages of the world (cf.. Part of speech ) and for a discrete , distinctness argued mainly in the area of ​​the distinction between nouns and verbs .


  • Constraints on Variables in Syntax. Dissertation. MIT, Cambridge 1967. Published as: Infinite Syntax! Ablex, Norwood 1987, ISBN 0-89391-042-2 .
  • Gapping and the order of constituents. In: Manfred Bierwisch , Karl E. Heidolph (Eds.): Progress in linguistics. Mouton, Den Haag 1970, pp. 249-259.
  • The Category Squish: End stop noun. In: Chicago Linguistic Society. 8, 1972, pp. 316-328.
  • with George Lakoff: Is deep structure necessary? In: JD McCawley (Ed.): Syntax and semantics. 7. 1976, pp. 159-164.