LINGUIST List 8.79

Wed Jan 22 1997

Sum: Introductory syntax

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  1. Nkonko Kamwangamalu, Introductory syntax

Message 1: Introductory syntax

Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 14:11:31 GMT +0200
From: Nkonko Kamwangamalu <>
Subject: Introductory syntax

Dear Everyone

Last December I posted a request on the List for suggestions on an
accessible introductory syntax textbook. I would like to thank the
List for making it possible for me to unknowingly kill two birds with
one stone: I have not only received very useful suggestions, for which
I am grateful, but I have also renewed contacts with former University
of Illinois classmates who for the past 10 years didn't know where I
was. Many thanks to the following for responding to my call for
assistance. Sorry if I have inadvertently left out a name.

Kathleen Ward <>
Dorothea Kiefer <>
Alan Smith <>
James Yoon <>
Jason Pontius <>
Hidekazu Suzuki <>
Charles T Scott <>
Carl Mills <>
James F. Bisso <>
Roderick A. Jacobs <>
Michael Newman <>
Ian Crookston <>
Billy Clark <>
Julio Felix-Bradsderfer <>
Ivan Birks <>

The textbooks that have been recommended are listed below, with in
parentheses the number of linguists who have recommended them.

C. L. Baker. 1988/95. English syntax. MIT Press (2)
J. McCawley.1988. The syntactic phenomena of English. University of
Chicago Press (1).
R. Freidin. 1992. Foundations of Generative Syntax. MIT Press. (1)
N. Burton-Roberts. 1988. Analyzing sentences. Longman (2)
J.A. Roderick. 1995. English syntax. NY: OUP (2).
N. Fabb. 1994. Sentence structure. Routledge (3)
R. Wardhaugh. 1996. Understanding English grammar. Blackwell. (1)
E K Brown and J Miller. 1991. Syntax: A linguistic introduction to
sentence structure. Harper Collins (1)
L. Haegeman. 1994. Introduction to Government and Binding Theory.
Oxford: Blackwell. (2)
N Chomsky. 1996. Universal Grammar. Oxford: Blackwell (1)

Once again, thank you all for your assistance.

Nkonko M Kamwangamalu
Department of Linguistics
University of Natal
Durban, South Africa.
Nkonko Kamwangamalu <>
Dept of Linguistics Phone +27 (0)31 260 1123
University of Natal
Private Bag X10
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