LINGUIST List 10.279

Sat Feb 20 1999

Books: Available for review: Syntax

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Message 1: Available for review: Syntax

Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 15:48:10 -0500 (EST)
From: Andrew Carnie <>
Subject: Available for review: Syntax

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Postal, Paul (1999) Three Investigations of Extraction. MIT Press: Cambridge.

In this technical monograph, Paul Postal deals with several issues that
have been treated only marginally in the development of current
linguistic theorizing. He focuses on three problems in syntactic theory
that are connected to "extraction"--the occurrence of an element in a
distinguished position distinct from its unmarked locus in simple
clauses. He examines a largely ignored body of systematic contrasts
among known extraction types, the status of the Coordinate Structure
Constraint, and the phenomenon of Right Node Raising.


Uriagereka, Juan (1998) Rhyme and Reason: An Introduction to 
Minimalist Syntax. MIT Press: Cambridge

This book takes the form of a dialogue between a linguist and another
scientist. The role of the linguist is to present the fundamentals of
the minimalist program of contemporary generative grammar. Although the
linguist serves essentially as a voice for Noam Chomsky's ideas, he is
not intended to be a portrait of Chomsky himself. The other scientist
functions as a kind of devil's advocate, making the arguments that
linguists tend to face from those in the "harder" sciences. In addition
to the device of the dialogue, the author employs a myriad of
graphics--everything from classical paintings to contemporary
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