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Phase Theory
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107040847

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  • Phase Theory is the latest empirical and conceptual innovation in syntactic theory within the Chomskyan generative tradition. Adopting a cross-linguistic perspective, this book provides an introduction to Phase Theory, tracing the development of phases in minimalist syntax. It reviews both empirical and theoretical arguments in favor of phases, and examines the role phases play at the interface with semantics and phonology. Analyzing current phasehood diagnostics, it applies them in a systematic fashion to a broad range of syntactic categories, both phases and non-phases. It concludes with a discussion of some of the more contentious issues in Phase Theory, involving cross-linguistic variation with respect to phasehood and the dynamic versus static nature of phases.

    • Combines a clear introduction to Phase Theory with a survey of current research
    • Presents new developments in Phase Theory to give the reader the ability to distinguish the core features of Phase Theory from its more controversial aspects
    • Critically reviews existing phasehood diagnostics and applies them to a wide range of syntactic categories, to enable the reader to construct an argument in favor of certain categories being phases
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    “Comprehensive and well written, Citko’s book is an excellent state-of-the-art review of the notion of phases in the Minimalist Program. Readers will have a very clear idea of why phases have become such a hotly discussed issue and feel enticed to participate in the debate. The book is a must-read reference not only for students being acquainted with Minimalism, but to anyone interested in current syntactic theory and the syntax-semantics and syntax-phonology interfaces.”
    Jairo Nunes, Professor of Linguistics, Universidade de São Paulo

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107040847
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Minimalist Program
    2. Introducing phases
    3. Phasehood diagnostics
    4. Classic phases
    5. Other ph(r)ases
    6. Variation in phasehood
    7. Phases and the interfaces
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Barbara Citko, University of Washington
    Barbara Citko is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington.

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