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Mon Dec 10 2012

Books: The Modular Architecture of Grammar: Sadock

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Subject: The Modular Architecture of Grammar: Sadock
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Title: The Modular Architecture of GrammarSeries Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Jerrold M. Sadock

Hardback: ISBN: 9781107011946 Pages: 282 Price: U.S. $ 105.00


Modular grammar postulates several autonomous generative systems interactingwith one another as opposed to the prevailing theory of transformationalgrammar where there is a single generative component – the syntax – from whichother representations are derived. In this book Jerrold Sadock develops hisinfluential theory of grammar, formalizing several generative modules thatindependently characterize the levels of syntax, semantics, role structure,morphology and linear order, as well as an interface system that connectsthem. Multi-modular grammar provides simpler, more intuitive analyses ofgrammatical phenomena and allows for greater empirical coverage thanprevailing styles of grammar. The book illustrates this with a wide-ranginganalysis of English grammatical phenomena, including raising, control,passive, inversion, do-support, auxiliary verbs and ellipsis. The modules aresimple enough to be cast as phrase structure grammars and are presented insufficient detail to make descriptions of grammatical phenomena more explicitthan the approximate accounts offered in other studies.

Table of Contents

1. Autonomous modularity: syntax and semantics2. The interface3. Role structure4. The linear order component5. Morphology and morphophonology6. Gaps and other defective elements7. Conflict resolution8. Tough 'movement': a tough construction

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories Morphology Semantics Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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