A Course in Minimalist Syntax: Foundations and Prospects / Edition 1

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A Course in Minimalist Syntax is a straightforward and detailed introduction to essential topics in the Minimalist Program, designed for students and scholars alike. Building on the authors' previous works on minimalist syntax, this volume maintains an informal tone yet contains sufficient fresh material to appeal at the highest level.
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“Most introductions present syntactic theories as completedwholes. They march through a series of illustrative problems andgive them final answers in an authoritative tone. This is a verydifferent work, with more attention paid to why the field should beof interest and to where there are unanswered questions. Whetheryou are new to the study of syntax and wondering why anyone wouldbe interested in minimalism, or an old hand stopping by to find outwhatever happened to the ECP, this book will grab you. It is agem." Randall Hendrick, University of North Carolina, ChapelHill

"This book anchors abstract minimalist speculations to some ofthe fundamental empirical problems that have occupied syntactictheory for the past half century and shows how current ideasdeveloped naturally from previous ones. It is essential reading forunderstanding how the Minimalist Program advances the study ofhuman language." Robert Freidin, Princeton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631199878
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/21/2005
  • Series: Generative Syntax Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.95 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Lasnik is Distinguished University Professor in theDepartment of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. Hispublications include Essays on Anaphora (1989),Minimalist Syntax (Blackwell, 1999), and MinimalistInvestigations in Linguistic Theory (2003).

Juan Uriagereka is Professor in the Department ofLinguistics at the University of Maryland, and is author of ACourse in GB Syntax (with Howard Lasnik, 1988) and Rhyme andReason: An Introduction to Minimalist Syntax(1998).

Cedrick Boeckx is Assistant Professor in the Departmentof Linguistics at Harvard University. He is the author ofIslands and Chains (2003) and Multiple Wh-fronting(edited with K. K. Grohmann, 2003).

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Table of Contents

1 Minimalist expectations : preliminary assumptions, with a review of some familiar notions 1
2 From rules to principles and beyond : a strongly constructivist system, with a detailed presentation of phrase-structure 31
3 The economy of derivations : featuring movements of various sorts and ways to constrain them 61
4 The economy of representations : featuring chain uniformity and case 104
5 The last resort character of linguistic computations : on what drives the movement operation and related topics 146
6 LF processes : why we (don't?) need them and what they might be 180
7 Roles, cycles, binding and related problems : including a discussion of open questions relating to Wh-movement 223
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