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LINGUIST List 23.5190

Tue Dec 11 2012

Books: Syntax: Freidin

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Syntax: Freidin
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Title: Syntax
Subtitle: Basic Concepts and Applications
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6642718/Syntax/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Robert Freidin

Hardback: ISBN: 9780521844277 Pages: 298 Price: U.S. $ 105.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521605786 Pages: 298 Price: U.S. $ 34.99


Syntax: Basic Concepts and Applications provides a systematic introduction to
core topics in syntax, focusing on how the basic concepts apply in the
analysis of sentences. Assuming no background in linguistic analysis, the book
gives students a working knowledge of syntactic analysis from a minimalist
perspective. Step by step it explains the fundamentals of phrase structure,
movement and deletion. Well-placed exercises throughout reinforce and extend
the concepts and analyses presented in the text, allowing readers to gain
understanding of progressively complex issues at a comfortable pace. Much of
the data comes from English, but crucial examples are also drawn from a range
of other languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian,
Spanish, Irish, Welsh and Greek.

Table of Contents

1. The computational nature of human language
2. Knowledge of language as an object of inquiry
3. Categories and constituents
4. Phrase structure theory
5. The structure of clauses
6. The syntax of Spec-TP
7. Head movement and the structure of root clauses
8. Wh-movement
9. Ellipsis: unpronounced syntax

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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