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Non-Transformational Syntax: Formal and Explicit Models of Grammar

Non-Transformational Syntax: Formal and Explicit Models of Grammar

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by Robert Borsley
     
 

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This authoritative introduction explores the four main non-transformational syntactic frameworks: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical-Functional Grammar, Categorial Grammar, and Simpler Syntax. It also considers a range of issues that arise in connection with these approaches, including questions about processing and acquisition.

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This authoritative introduction explores the four main non-transformational syntactic frameworks: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical-Functional Grammar, Categorial Grammar, and Simpler Syntax. It also considers a range of issues that arise in connection with these approaches, including questions about processing and acquisition.

  • An authoritative introduction to the main alternatives to transformational grammar
  • Includes introductions to three long-established non-transformational syntactic frameworks: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical-Functional Grammar, and Categorial Grammar, along with the recently developed Simpler Syntax
  • Brings together linguists who have developed and shaped these theories to illustrate the central properties of these frameworks and how they handle some of the main phenomena of syntax
  • Discusses a range of issues that arise in connection with non-transformational approaches, including processing and acquisition

Editorial Reviews

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“Notwithstanding the above desiderata, the book is very readable, and represents an excellent introduction to the major variants of non-transformational syntax. It is highly recommended as an essential source of reference for both working syntacticians and researchers in related (sub)fields.”  (The LINGUIST List, 30 May 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631209652
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.50(d)

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From the Publisher
"Essential reading for every syntactician. The theory reviews are compact and accessible, the in-depth analyses enlightening, and the overall perspective thoughtful, engaging and insightful."
- Peter Culicover, Ohio State University

"Understanding a linguistic article which uses HPSG, LFG or CG may be hard work, partly because of the notation, partly because the reasons behind the notation are not discussed. This book not only makes these theories more accessible to linguists but also shows that these formal and explicit models of grammar come closer to the goals of Chomsky's generative revolution than current transformational approaches."
- Elisabet Engdahl, University of Gothenburg

Meet the Author

Robert Borsley is Professor of Linguistics in University of Essex. He has published widely in the field of syntactic theory and has made important contributions to the Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar framework.

Kersti Börjars is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester. She has published within the areas of morphology, historical linguistics, and morpho-syntactic theory, in particular Lexical-Functional Grammar.

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Non-Transformational Syntax: Formal and Explicit Models of Grammar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Some previous knowledge is required, particularly in HPSG chapters.