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.

  • maintains an informal tone for students yet also contains enough fresh material to appeal to specialists
  • provides a natural extension of the classroom approach to linguistics, showing readers a new way of approaching syntax by thinking in minimalist terms
  • written by two prominent syntax researchers, the authors of the classic A Course in GB Syntax, Howard Lasnik and Juan Uriagereka
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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: 9780631199885
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/21/2005
  • Series: Generative Syntax Series , #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (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 aReview of Some Familiar Notions.

2. From Rules to Principles and Beyond: A StronglyConstructivist System, with a Detailed Presentation ofPhrase-structure.

3. The Economy of Derivations: Featuring Movements of VariousSorts and Ways to Constrain Them.

4. The Economy of Representations: Featuring Chain Uniformityand Case.

5. The Last Resort Character of Linguistic Computations: On WhatDrives the Movement Operation and Related Topics.

6. LF Processes: Why We (Don’t?) Need Them and What TheyMight Be.

7. Roles, Cycles, Binding and Related Problems: Including aDiscussion of Open Questions Relating Wh-movement.



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