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LINGUIST List 21.258

Fri Jan 15 2010

Books: Syntax: Larson

Editor for this issue: Hannah Morales <hannahlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Michelle Pullano, Grammar as Science: Larson

Message 1: Grammar as Science: Larson
Date: 14-Jan-2010
From: Michelle Pullano <mpullanomit.edu>
Subject: Grammar as Science: Larson
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Title: Grammar as Science
Published: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262513036

Author: Richard K. Larson
Paperback: ISBN: 026251303X 9780262513036 Pages: 432 Price: U.S. $ 45.00

This introductory text takes a novel approach to the study of syntax.
Grammar as Science offers an introduction to syntax as an exercise in
scientific theory construction. Syntax provides an excellent instrument for
introducing students from a wide variety of backgrounds to the principles
of scientific theorizing and scientific thought; it engages general
intellectual themes present in all scientific theorizing as well as those
arising specifically within the modern cognitive sciences. The book is
intended for students majoring in linguistics as well as non-linguistics
majors who are taking the course to fulfill undergraduate requirements.

Grammar as Science covers such core topics in syntax as phrase structure,
constituency, the lexicon, inaudible elements, movement rules, and
transformational constraints, while emphasizing scientific reasoning
skills. The individual units are organized thematically into sections that
highlight important components of this enterprise, including choosing
between theories, constructing explicit arguments for hypotheses, and the
conflicting demands that push us toward expanding our technical toolkit on
the one hand and constraining it on the other.

Grammar as Science is constructed as a "laboratory science" course in which
students actively experiment with linguistic data. Syntactica, a software
application tool that allows students to create and explore simple grammars
in a graphical, interactive way, will be available online in conjunction
with the book, and a manual will be available to accompany the software.
Students are encouraged to "try the rules out," and build grammars
rule-by-rule, checking the consequences at each stage.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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