LINGUIST List 8.1803

Wed Dec 17 1997

Books: Syntax

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Book: The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation

Message 1: Book: The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation

Date: Wed, 17 Dec 97 15:38:05 EST
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Book: The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation

The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation
An Economy Approach
Zeljko Boskovic

Economy considerations have always played an important role in the
generative theory of grammar. Indeed, the very development of the
theory has been characterized by natural considerations of simplicity
and economy. In the Minimalist Program, the operations of the
computational system that produce linguistic expressions must satisfy
general considerations of simplicity referred to as Economy

In The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation: An Economy Approach, the
author completes two major research projects that solidify the
foundation of the Minimalist Program: the elimination of c-selection
and government. He then investigates in detail the nature of the
Economy Principles in syntax. The discussion, which focuses on
infinitival and participial complements, shows that a number of facts
that previously have either not been accounted for or have received
unsatisfactory treatment can be explained in a principled way once
Economy Principles and, more generally, the Minimalist Program are

Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 32
December 1997 * $25.00 original in paperback; $50.00 cloth
440 pp.* ISBN 0-262-52236-5
MIT Press
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