LINGUIST List 9.1643

Thu Nov 19 1998

Sum: Intro Syntax Textbook

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  1. Randy Sharp, Introductory Syntax Textbook: Response

Message 1: Introductory Syntax Textbook: Response

Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 11:10:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Randy Sharp <>
Subject: Introductory Syntax Textbook: Response

Dear Linguists,

In reply to my query about an appropriate introductory textbook on syntax,
I received about 18 replies. I am grateful to all those who responded.
Thank you. The summary, in alphabetical order, is listed below. I list
the number of times the book was mentioned in a positive tone, either
as a suggestion or as a recommendation. Just to let you know the
outcome, we have chosen to use the text by Aarts, at least for the
upcoming semester.

Randy Sharp


Aarts, Bas (1997) "English Syntax and Argumentation", Macmillan.
Mentioned: 2

Burton-Roberts "Analysing Sentences".
Mentioned: 1

Cowper, Elizabeth A. (1992) "A Concise Introduction to Syntactic Theory: 
 The Government-Binding Approach", University of Chicago Press.
Mentioned: 3

Haegeman, Liliane (1991) "An Introduction to GB", Blackwell.
Mentioned: 1

Jacobs, Roderick (1995) "English Syntax: A Grammar for English Language
 Professionals", Oxford University Press.
Mentioned: 2

Lasnik, H. and Uriagereka, J. (1988) "A Course in GB Syntax", MIT Press.
Mentioned: 1

O'Grady, William (1997) "The syntax files: An introductory survey of basic 
 syntactic concepts and phenomena" (unpublished)
Mentioned: 1 (not publicly available at this time)

Radford, Andrew (1981) "Transformational Syntax", Cambridge University Press.
Mentioned: 1
[Note: it is not certain whether the respondent actually meant
"Transformational Grammar", but then, maybe some people still do use this

Radford, Andrew (1988) "Transformational Grammar", Cambridge University 
Mentioned: 4

Radford, Andrew (1997) "Syntactic Theory and the Structure of English", 
 Cambridge University Press.
Mentioned: 2

Radford, Andrew (1997) "Syntax: A minimalist introduction", Cambridge 
 University Press.
Mentioned: 1

Tallerman, Maggie (1998) "Understanding syntax", Arnold.
Mentioned: 2

Thomason, Linda "Beginner's Syntax".
Mentioned: 1
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