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Title: Representation Theory
Written By: Edwin Williams
Series Title: Current Studies in Linguistics series

In this theoretical monograph, Edwin Williams demonstrates that when syntax is economical, it economizes on shape-distortion rather than on distance. According to Williams, this new notion of economy calls for a new architecture for the grammatical system--in fact, for a new notion of derivation. The new architecture offers a style of clausal embedding--the Level Embedding Scheme--that predictively ties together the locality, reconstructive behavior, and "target" type of any syntactic process in a way that is unique to the model. Williams calls his theory "Representation Theory" to put the notion of economy at the forefront. Syntax, in this theory, is a series of representations of one sublanguage in another.

Edwin Williams is Professor of Linguistics at Princeton University. He is the author of Thematic Structure in Syntax (MIT Press, 1994) and Introduction to the Theory of Grammar (MIT Press, 1984).

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0262232251
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
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ISBN: 0262731509
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Pages: 304
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