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Books: Syntax, Robert Frank

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  1. dgw, Phrase Structure Composition and Syntactic Dependencies by Robert Frank

Message 1: Phrase Structure Composition and Syntactic Dependencies by Robert Frank

Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2002 13:28:59 +0000
From: dgw <>
Subject: Phrase Structure Composition and Syntactic Dependencies by Robert Frank

Title:Phrase Structure Composition and Syntactic Dependencies 
Series Title:Current Studies in Linguistics
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: MIT Press
Author: Robert Frank 

Hardback: ISBN: 0262062291, Pages: 340, Price: $40


In Phrase Structure Composition and Syntactic Dependencies, Robert
Frank explores an approach to syntactic theory that weds the Tree
Adjoining Grammar (TAG) formalism with the minimalist framework. The
TAG formalism has been extensively studied both for its mathematical
properties and for its usefulness in computational linguistics
applications. Frank shows that incorporating TAG's formally
restrictive operations for structure building considerably simplifies
the model of grammatical competence, particularly in the components
concerned with syntactic movement and locality. The empirical
advantages of the resulting model, illustrated with extensive case
studies of subject-raising constructions and wh-questions, point
toward a conception of grammar that is sharply limited in its
computational power.

Robert Frank is Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at Johns
Hopkins University

Lingfield(s): Syntax
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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