The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
The Mathematics of Syntactic Structure: Trees and their Logics
Studies in Generative Grammar 44
This volume deals with descriptive complexity issues in linguistic theory formation. Starting from recent results on the transparent logical characterizations of context-free fragments of Generative Grammars it is a progress report on the attempts of meeting the challenge of providing controlled extensions of the formal apparatus which retain its agreable properties like decidability and transparency while admitting exactly the expressive power necessary for linguistic applications.