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LINGUIST List 19.901

Tue Mar 18 2008

Books: Syntax/Linguistic Theories: Boeckx

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        1.    Jennifer Clark, Bare Syntax: Boeckx


Message 1: Bare Syntax: Boeckx
Date: 17-Mar-2008
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: Bare Syntax: Boeckx
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Title: Bare Syntax
Published: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199534241

Author: Cedric Boeckx
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199534234 Pages: 312 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199534241 Pages: 312 Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Abstract:

*An important and original contribution to linguistic theory
*Unifies the central components of the grammar
*Clearly written and argued with wide range of examples
*Accessible at graduate level and above
*Written by the leading syntactic theorist of his generation

This important contribution to the Minimalist Program offers a
comprehensive theory of locality and new insights into phrase structure and
syntactic cartography. It unifies central components of the grammar and
increases the symmetry in syntax. Its central hypothesis has broad
empirical application and at the same time reinforces the central premise
of minimalism that language is an optimal system.

Cedric Boeckx focuses on two core components of grammar: phrase structure
and locality. He argues that the domains which render syntactic processes
local (such as islands, bounding nodes, barriers, and phases in all their
cartographic manifestations) are better understood once reduced to, or
combined with, the basic syntactic operation, Merge, and its core
representation, the X-bar schema. In a detailed examination of the
mechanism of phrasal projection or labelling he shows that viewing chains
as X-bar phrases allows conditions on chain formation or movement to be
captured.

Clearly argued, accessibly written, and illustrated with examples from a
wide range of languages, Bare Syntax will appeal to linguists and others
interested in syntactic theory at graduate level and above.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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