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Title: Syntactic Theory
Subtitle: A Formal Introduction
Written By: Ivan Andrew Sag
Tom Wasow
Emily Menon Bender
Series Title: CSLI Lecture Notes, # 152
Description:

The second edition of Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction expands and improves on a truly unique introductory syntax textbook. Like the first edition, it focuses on the development of precisely formulated grammars whose empirical predictions can be directly tested. There is considerable emphasis on prediction and evaluation of grammatical hypotheses, as well as on integrating syntactic hypotheses with matters of semantic analysis. The step-by-step introduction to a consistent grammar covering the core areas of English syntax is complemented by extensive problems sets drawing from a variety of languages. The student covers the core areas of English syntax from the last quarter century, including: complementation, control, 'raising constructions', passives, the auxiliary system, and the analysis of long distance dependency constructions. The theoretical perspective of the book is presented in the context of current models of language processing. The practical value of the constraint-based, lexicalist grammatical architecture proposed has already been demonstrated in computer language processing applications. The thoroughly reworked second edition includes revised and extended problem sets, updated analyses, additional examples, and more detailed exposition throughout.

Praise for the first edition of Syntactic Theory: "Syntactic Theory sets a new standard for introductory syntax volumes that all future books should be measured against." --Gert Webelhuth, Journal of Linguistics 37, p. 261 (2001) "Syntactic Theory is, without a doubt, the best available introduction to unification-based syntactic theory." --Gregory Stump, University of Kentucky "My undergraduate students loved this book." --Georgia Green, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: CSLI Publications
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