"My commitment to the 'generative enterprise' [...] is as firm as it ever has been. [...] But I have also in recent years become convinced that there is an ultimately self-destructive narrowness of outlook on the part of many generative grammarians. Put simply, they refuse to consider the possibility that anything of interest might have been uncovered in the course of functionalist-oriented research. I could not disagree with them more."

Quoted from page 6 of
Frederick Newmeyer (1998):
Language Form and Language Function,
MIT Press, Cambridge.

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