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Title: Constituent Structure
Written By: Andrew Carnie
Series Title: Oxford Surveys in Syntax & Morphology

This book explores the empirical and theoretical aspects of constituent
structure in natural language syntax. It surveys a wide variety of
functionalist and formalist theoretical approaches, from dependency
grammars and Relational Grammar to Lexical Functional Grammar, Head-driven
Phrase Structure Grammar, and Minimalism. It describes the traditional
tests for constituency and the formal means for representing them in phrase
structure grammars, extended phrase structure grammars, X-bar theory, and
set theoretic bare phrase structure. In doing so it provides a clear,
thorough, and rigorous axiomatic description of the structural properties
of constituent trees.

Andrew Carnie considers the central controversies on constituent structure.
Is it, for example, a primitive notion or should it be derived from
relational or semantic form? Do sentences have a single constituency or
multiple constituencies? Does constituency operate on single or multiple
dimensions? And what exactly is the categorical content of constituent
structure representations? He identifies points of commonality as well as
important theoretical differences among the various approaches to
constituency, and critically examines the strengths and limitations of
competing frameworks.

This new edition includes textual revisions as well as a new final chapter
and ensures that "Constituent Structure" remains the definitive guide to
constituency for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, as well as
theoretical linguists of all persuasions in departments of linguistics,
cognitive science, computational science, and related fields.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199583455
ISBN-13: 9780199583454
Pages: 320
Prices: U.S. $ 135.00

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ISBN: 0199583463
ISBN-13: 9780199583461
Pages: 320
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