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Date: 31-Oct-2007
From: Jennifer Clark <>
Subject: Constituent Structure: Carnie
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Title: Constituent Structure Published: 2007 Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Andrew Carnie Hardback: ISBN: 9780199261994 Pages: 312 Price: U.K. £ 70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199262007 Pages: 312 Price: U.K. £ 24.99

This book explores the empirical and theoretical aspects of constituentstructure in natural language syntax. It surveys a wide variety offunctionalist and formalist theoretical approaches, from dependencygrammars and Relational Grammar to Lexical Functional Grammar, Head-drivenPhrase Structure Grammar, and Minimalism. It describes the traditionaltests for constituency and the formal means for representing them in phrasestructure grammars, extended phrase structure grammars, X-bar theory, andset theoretic bare phrase structure. In doing so it provides a clear,thorough, and rigorous axiomatic description of the structural propertiesof constituent trees.

Andrew Carnie considers the central controversies on constituent structure.Is it, for example, a primitive notion or should it be derived fromrelational or semantic form? Do sentences have a single constituency ormultiple constituencies? Does constituency operate on single or multipledimensions? And what exactly is the categorial content of constituentstructure representations? He identifies points of commonality as well asimportant theoretical differences among the various approaches toconstituency, and critically examines the strengths and limitations ofcompeting frameworks.

This is an ideal introduction for graduate students and advancedundergraduates. It is also a valuable reference for theoretical linguistsof all persuasions in departments of linguistics, cognitive science,computational science, and related fields.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories                             Syntax
Written In: English (eng )

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