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Title: Introduction to Syntactic Theory
Written By: Edith A. Moravcsik
Description:

This textbook provides a comprehensive, balanced introduction to syntactic
theory. The author shows how the diversity of syntactic theories, which at
first seems confusing, can be approached by examining how each deals with
conflicting data. This approach helps the student to understand how
syntactic theories are related to each other, what they necessarily have in
common, and in what ways they actually differ. Theories introduced here
include Transformational Generative Grammar, Relational Grammar, Word
Grammar, Functional Grammar, and Optimality Theory, amongst others.

An Introduction to Syntactic Theory will be essential reading for
undergraduate students of linguistics, whether they are new to the subject
or studying it at a more advanced level.


"Why are there so many theories of syntax? How is it that some scholars
talk about syntax in ways that just don't register with us? Edith Moravcsik
starts from what is required of theory in any domain of inquiry, and
considers how these requirements are met, to differing degrees, by various
theories of syntax. She shows how mismatches arise, within syntax and in
its relations to other modules, and how they are resolved. This book thus
offers great insight into why other linguists think the way they do about
syntax. It is even more useful for helping us as readers to understand why
we do syntax the way we do." Greville G. Corbett, Distinguished Professor
of Linguistics, University of Surrey

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Pages: 272
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