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Syntactic Theory

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This is a highly recommendable book. It elegantly introduces generative grammar as an empirical science. Written in a clear and friendly tone, it is extremely readable and makes complicated linguistic theory accessible to students' - Ken Ramshoj Christensen, Aarhus University, DenmarkThis clear and practical introduction to Syntactic Theory introduces students to theory building, hypothesis testing and evaluation through the framework of Chomsky's Government-Binding Theory. Initial chapters guide the student through essential topics such as X'-Theory, Transformations and elementary Binding Theory, progressing to cover more advanced issues such as Reconstruction, the light verb vP and control as movement. Presenting the core linguistic theory and problem solving skills that are essential to the subject, this updated and revised second edition features:* New material on the Minimalist Program and Government-Binding Theory* Expanded chapters on Phrase Structure and Functional Categories* A wealth of new tree diagrams as well as revised end-of-chapter exercisesThe liberal use of in-text exercises engage the reader at every stage of theory-development, while an 'Open Issue' at the end of each chapter encourages active participation and further exploration of the chapter's topic. With an engaging, informal style, Syntactic Theory makes the most difficult topics accessible to a wide range of students.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 20mm | 557.92g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2011
  • 336 p.
  • 0230243940
  • 9780230243941
  • 157,135

Review quote

'This is a highly recommendable book. It elegantly introduces generative grammar as an empirical science. Written in a clear and friendly tone, it is extremely readable and makes complicated linguistic theory accessible to students' - Ken Ramshoj Christensen, Aarhus University, Denmarkshow more

About Geoffrey Poole

GEOFFREY POOLE Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of various articles on phrase structure and conditions of movement.show more

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This is a highly recommendable book. It elegantly introduces generative grammar as an empirical science. Written in a clear and friendly tone, it is extremely readable and makes complicated linguistic theory accessible to students' - Ken Ramshoj Christensen, Aarhus University, Denmark This clear and practical introduction to Syntactic Theory introduces students to theory building, hypothesis testing and evaluation through the framework of Chomsky's Government-Binding Theory. Initial chapters guide the student through essential topics such as X'-Theory, Transformations and elementary Binding Theory, progressing to cover more advanced issues such as Reconstruction, the light verb vP and control as movement. Presenting the core linguistic theory and problem solving skills that are essential to the subject, this updated and revised second edition features: - New material on the Minimalist Program and Government-Binding Theory - Expanded chapters on Phrase Structure and Functional Categories - A wealth of new tree diagrams as well as revised end-of-chapter exercises The liberal use of in-text exercises engage the reader at every stage of theory-development, while an 'Open Issue' at the end of each chapter encourages active participation and further exploration of the chapter's topic. With an engaging, informal style, Syntactic Theory makes the most difficult topics accessible to a wide range of students.show more

Table of contents

Introduction.- 1. Phrase Structure and Constituency.- 2. X'-Theory and Functional Categories.- 3. ?-Theory and Case Theory.- 4. Introduction to Binding Theory.- 5. Movement and Chains.- 6. Logical Form.- 7. Empty Categories and their Constraints.- 8. Towards the Minimalist Program: Clause Structure Revisited.- 9. Towards the Minimalist Program: Movement Revisited.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.show more

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