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Modern Syntax
A Coursebook


  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521863353

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  • This practical coursebook introduces all the basics of modern syntactic analysis in a simple step-by-step fashion. Each unit is constructed so that the reader discovers new ideas, formulates hypotheses and practises fundamentals. The reader is presented with short sections of explanation with examples, followed by practice exercises. Feedback and comment sections follow to enable students to monitor their progress. No previous background in syntax is assumed. Students move through all the key topics in the field including features, rules of combination and displacement, empty categories, and subcategorization. The theoretical perspective in this work is unique, drawing together the best ideas from three major syntactic frameworks (minimalism, HPSG and LFG). Students using this book will learn fundamentals in such a way that they can easily go on to pursue further study in any of these frameworks.

    • Unique approach to introducing the topic with short explanatory sections followed by stimulating practice exercises to be completed on the page
    • Feedback and comment sections allow students to monitor their understanding of the material
    • Assumes no previous background in syntax
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An ideal point of entry into the complex and challenging science of natural language syntax. Highly recommended.' Cedric Boeckx, ICREA and Universitat Aut├▓noma de Barcelona

    'This is a daring introduction into syntax. Rather than telling students what syntactic theory looks like, it makes them do syntax. Rather than presenting them with a standard framework, it provides students with the tools and knowledge to pursue any of the major theories. This is a friendly and experienced guide to the rough terrain and breathtaking vistas of modern syntactic theory.' Ad Neeleman, Professor of Linguistics, University College London

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521863353
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basic Ideas in Syntax:
    1. Defining syntax
    2. Syntactic data
    3. Hypotheses: rules
    Part II. Categories and Subcategories:
    4. Words and lexical categories
    5. Functional categories
    6. Pronouns
    7. Other subcategories of nouns
    8. Subcategories of verbs
    9. Tangent: tense, aspect and mood
    10. Auxiliaries
    Part III. Constituents, Merge and Trees:
    11. Constituency
    12. Complements
    13. Complements: a case study
    14. Specifiers of VP and TP
    15. Specifiers of NP and DP
    16. Tagging
    17. Adjuncts
    18. Drawing trees
    Part IV. Movement and Control:
    19. Passives
    20. Non-finite clauses 1: control constructions
    21. Non-finite clauses 1: raising constructions
    22. Head movement 1: auxiliaries
    23. Head movement 2: main verbs
    24. Wh-movement
    Part V. Conclusions and Appendices:
    25. Evaluating our progress
    26. The next steps
    Appendix 1. Glossary, symbols and abbreviations
    Appendix 2. Features and their values
    Appendix 3. Rules, constraints and principles.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Syntax
    • English Syntax
    • Generative Linguistics I
    • History and Structure of the English Language
    • History of English
    • Introduction to Grammatical Theory
    • Introduction to Syntax
    • Seminar in Syntax
    • Syntactic Analysis
    • Syntax I
    • Syntax and Grammatical Theory
    • Syntax and Semantics
    • Theories of Language
    • Theories of Syntax
  • Author

    Andrew Carnie, University of Arizona
    Andrew Carnie is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, where he teaches syntactic theory and Celtic linguistics. His previous publications include Constituent Structure, Second Edition (2010), Irish Nouns (2008) and Syntax: A Generative Introduction, Second Edition (2006).

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