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Modular grammar postulates several autonomous generative systems interacting with one another as opposed to the prevailing theory of transformational grammar where there is a single generative component – the syntax – from which other representations are derived. In this book Jerrold Sadock develops his influential theory of grammar, formalizing several generative modules that independently characterize the levels of syntax, semantics, role structure, morphology and linear order, as well as an interface system that connects them. Multi-modular grammar provides simpler, more intuitive analyses of grammatical phenomena and allows for greater empirical coverage than prevailing styles of grammar. The book illustrates this with a wide-ranging analysis of English grammatical phenomena, including raising, control, passive, inversion, do-support, auxiliary verbs and ellipsis. The modules are simple enough to be cast as phrase structure grammars and are presented in sufficient detail to make descriptions of grammatical phenomena more explicit than the approximate accounts offered in other studies.Read more
- Presents a model of grammar using several independent, simultaneous modules, which allows each module to be simpler and less subject to speculation than the current theory
- Provides a wide-ranging analysis of English syntax, semantics and morphology as well as brief analyses of phenomena in other languages
- Demonstrates that much of the complexity of natural language systems is traceable to mismatches between requirements of two or more modules
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'In this original and creative work, Sadock addresses one of the most fundamental issues in theoretical linguistics, the relationship among the different modules of grammar. He challenges established generative theory by introducing an elegant and well motivated non-derivational model of linguistic organization.' Jan Terje Faarlund, University of OsloSee more reviews
'Simply and clearly, Jerrold Sadock presents a new formulation of his idea that grammar is specified by a handful of completely autonomous, parallel modules, demonstrating it with stimulating accounts of major features of English.' Tony Woodbury, University of Texas
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- Date Published: February 2012
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107011946
- length: 282 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- contains: 19 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Autonomous modularity: syntax and semantics
2. The interface
3. Role structure
4. The linear order component
5. Morphology and morphophonology
6. Gaps and other defective elements
7. Conflict resolution
8. Tough 'movement': a tough construction.
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