The start of a new decade brings us a milestone here at MIT Press: the nine-thousandth book we have published.
Book #9,000 is Grammar As Science by Richard K. Larson. This introductory linguistics textbook offers a novel approach to the study of syntax: it presents core topics of syntax as exercises in scientific theorizing and scientific thought. The book (and accompanying software) emerged from a joint project, funded by the National Science Foundation, between the Linguistics and Computer Science department at SUNY Stony Brook. The goal of the project, and ultimately the book, is to help students develop scientific reasoning skills by analyzing language data.
Larson's innovative approach to teaching linguistics remind us of the many new contributions to pedagogy made by MIT Press titles throughout our history.