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Title: Syntactic Chains
Written By: Kenneth J. Safir
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 40
Description:

The theory of Government and Binding, developed by Noam Chomsky and his
associates, is probably the most striking and promising development in
theoretical syntax. In this book Kenneth Safir refines and extends this
framework by re-examining the primitive syntactic relations - the means by
which all syntactic relationships and interdependencies are defined and
expressed with Universal Grammar. Dr Safir proposes the ‘Unity of Indexing
Hypothesis’, which represents a significant constraint on two central
concepts in syntactic theory: syntactic chains and the theory of indexing.

Syntactic Chains ranges widely across a number of key constructions in
syntactic theory, among them impersonal constructions and ‘definiteness’,
the PRO-drop parameter, and Case Theory; and data from an impressive number
of European languages are considered. Dr Safir writes lucidly and the
technical exposition is always carefully structured. For readers who are
unfamiliar with the latest developments in Government and Binding theory
his book will provide a valuable introduction to the main principles.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521107761
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