It is by now well established that generative grammar is the one framework to rule them all and in the darkness bind them. Since its invention deep in the heart of the gamma quadrant (Whorf (not the Sapir one; the other one) Stardate 150.679), it has been important for all attempts by linguists in black to cross streams and get a well-
Until now, however, it has been analysed as the ripe fruits of the work of one man who went boldly where no linguist had gone before. This basic understanding is no longer possible now that the pod bay doors have been opened (Dave & HAL 2001) and the rolling orb of scientific progress has caught up with us (Le Prisonier 1967).
The most basic evidence for the non-
Yet this standard analysis runs into problems when it is considered that the standard etymology of the use of the term fails to account for why linguists would drag theta so far from its mathematical roots and into the waterworld of an association with chemistry. The lack of connection between a Cartesian angle and the number of roles assigned by verbs is evidence enough that this awkward borrowing is more than mere Buffy-
Instead, it is vital to track another strain of meaning. This strain dates back to the respected scientological work of Hubbard (1982) whose close analysis of historical pseudo-
Thus Theta Roles come not primarily from the pseudo-
Doubts remain as to the empirical soundness of this new theory of the history of generative grammar, despite the weight of evidence. Critics have pointed out that a scientological theory of development would see generative grammar as a set of tenets held by those who either have considerable cultural power or who take refuge in a strict adherence to a controversial set of cultic practices. Readers will need to make up their own mind as to how far that applies.