Theoretical linguistics seems to be dominated by the Chomskian transformational generative grammar and its offshoots. I am wondering whether these theories are generally accepted by the French linguists and/or whether there are popular alternatives.
I will appreciate comments on this subject. More specifically:
- Are transformational generative syntax theories popular among the French linguists?
- Do these theories encounter specific problems when treating French and other Romance languages? What kind of problems?
- What are the alternative theories and where could I learn more about them?
Feel free to post in either English or French.
Note: Here is a relevant book: Foundations of French syntax by Michael Allan Jones (Cambridge University Press, 1996). It is a grammar aimed at advanced learners of French which in the same time may serve as an introduction to transformational generative grammars as applied to this language.