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Syntax: A Generative Introduction
     

Syntax: A Generative Introduction

by Andrew Carnie
 

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Building on the success of the bestselling first edition, the second edition of this textbook provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the major issues in Principles and Parameters syntactic theory, including phrase structure, the lexicon, case theory, movement, and locality conditions.
  • Includes new and extended problem sets in every

Overview

Building on the success of the bestselling first edition, the second edition of this textbook provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the major issues in Principles and Parameters syntactic theory, including phrase structure, the lexicon, case theory, movement, and locality conditions.

  • Includes new and extended problem sets in every chapter, all of which have been annotated for level and skill type
  • Features three new chapters on advanced topics including vP shells, object shells, control, gapping and ellipsis and an additional chapter on advanced topics in binding
  • Offers a brief survey of both Lexical-Functional Grammar and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar
  • Succeeds in strengthening the reader's foundational knowledge, and prepares them for more advanced study
  • Supported by an instructor's manual and online resources for students and instructors, available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/carnie

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Andrew Carnie's Syntax quickly became the standard textbook in generative syntax because it was neither overly technical nor artificially simple. The second edition is substantially better and more complete. The original discussion is expanded and there are a number of new chapters on advanced topics like raising and control, and the book continues to include chapters that introduce alternative theories like LFG and HPSG. To my mind, this is by far the best choice on the market today." Peter Cole, University of Delaware

Praise for the first edition...

"From first-hand experience, Carnie's book provides a highly readable and engaging initiation into the mindset and preoccupations of current syntactic theory. It is useful in tying the cognitive implications and background of current Chomskyan work together with the increasing cross-linguistic emphasis in syntax. The problem sets alone were extremely appreciated by my undergraduates." Mark Baltin, New York University

"This book is a perfect example of how sophisticated syntactic concepts can be presented in a genuinely reader-friendly way. The syntax student is led carefully through argumentation to current syntactic theory and at the end has a clear understanding not only of the whats of syntax but also the whys." Lisa deMena Travis, McGill University

"The book is written in a reader-friendly way, and guides students to grasp complicated syntactic concepts and analyses." The Linguist List

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118697795
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Series:
Introducing Linguistics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
File size:
6 MB

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“Deeply informed, lucid and careful, this revision of the outstanding original carries the student from core concepts to topics at the borders of inquiry.  A most valuable contribution.” – Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor (retired), Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT

“This truly excellent textbook competently guides students to understand not just the basics of generative syntax but also richness of universals and parametric variation in a clear and thought-provoking way.” – Ken Hiraiwa, Department of English, Meiji Gakuin University

Meet the Author

Andrew Carnie is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. He is the editor of several books including Verb First (2005), Formal Approaches to Function (2003), and The Syntax of Verb Initial Languages (2000).

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