Syntax: A Generative Introduction [NOOK Book]


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Andrew Carnie’s bestselling textbook on syntax has guided thousands of students through the discipline of theoretical syntax; its popularity due to its combination of straightforward language, comprehensive coverage,...
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Andrew Carnie’s bestselling textbook on syntax has guided thousands of students through the discipline of theoretical syntax; its popularity due to its combination of straightforward language, comprehensive coverage, and numerous exercises. In this third edition, new topics are added, discussions are updated, additional exercises are included, and online resources are enhanced.

Authoritative coverage spans phrase structure, the lexicon, Case theory, movement, covert movement, locality conditions, VP shells, and control. New chapters cover auxiliaries, ellipsis, and non-configurational languages. The enhanced online resources for both instructors and students, now available at, include online-only chapters on HPSG, LFG, and offer tried and tested resources from the previous editions. For the first time, an optional companion Workbook is also available; the table of contents correlates with the textbook and is designed to help offer students practice at analyzing syntactic structure.

Comprehensive, engaging, and ideally structured for study, this third edition of Syntax is the most robust introduction to the major issues in generative syntactic theory available today.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118321874
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/20/2012
  • Series: Introducing Linguistics , #18
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Andrew Carnie is Professor of Linguistics and Faculty Director in the Graduate College at the University of Arizona. He specializes in generative syntactic theory with an emphasis on constituency, VSO languages, copular constructions and the Celtic Languages. He is the author of numerous other publications, including Irish Nouns (2008), Constituent Structure (2010), Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics (2011), Modern Syntax (2011), and The Syntax Workbook: A Companion to Carnie’s Syntax (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 Preliminaries 1
1 Generative Grammar 3
2 Fundamentals: Rules, Trees, and Parts of Speech 27
3 Structural Relations 65
4 Binding Theory 89
Pt. 2 The Base 105
5 X-bar Theory 107
6 Extending X-bar Theory: CP, TP, and DP 143
7 Constraining X-bar Theory: Theta Roles and the Lexicon 165
Pt. 3 Transformations 187
8 Head-to-Head Movement 189
9 NP/DP Movement 225
10 Raising, Control, and Empty Categories 255
11 Wh-movement 281
12 Towards Minimalism 313
Pt. 4 Alternatives 333
13 Lexical-Functional Grammar 335
14 Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 359
Conclusions 377
Where to Go from Here 378
References 379
Index 385
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