Theories Of Syntax

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Theories Of Syntax

Author : Koenraad Kuiper
ISBN : 9781137382429
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Do you want a deeper understanding of syntax and grammar? Theories of Syntax: Concepts and Case Studies is an indispensable student companion. Starting with basic concepts of syntax, Kuiper and Nokes then delve deeper by explaining how we understand syntactic phenomena, and show us how to use different theoretical frameworks. Theories of Syntax: ■ Explores syntactic phenomena through a scientific lens ■ Shows how syntactic models are shaped by theoretical frameworks ■ Summarizes four theories of syntax: Systemic Functional Grammar, the Principles and Parameters Framework, Lexical Functional Grammar and Minimalism ■ Illustrates seven sets of syntactic phenomena through case studies With questions for revision, reflection and discussion in each chapter, this is an ideal book for students who want to further their studies.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Aspects Of The Theory Of Syntax

Author : Noam Chomsky
ISBN : 0262260506
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Chomsky proposes a reformulation of the theory of transformational generative grammar that takes recent developments in the descriptive analysis of particular languages into account. Beginning in the mid-fifties and emanating largely form MIT, an approach was developed to linguistic theory and to the study of the structure of particular languages that diverges in many respects from modern linguistics. Although this approach is connected to the traditional study of languages, it differs enough in its specific conclusions about the structure and in its specific conclusions about the structure of language to warrant a name, "generative grammar." Various deficiencies have been discovered in the first attempts to formulate a theory of transformational generative grammar and in the descriptive analysis of particular languages that motivated these formulations. At the same time, it has become apparent that these formulations can be extended and deepened.The major purpose of this book is to review these developments and to propose a reformulation of the theory of transformational generative grammar that takes them into account. The emphasis in this study is syntax; semantic and phonological aspects of the language structure are discussed only insofar as they bear on syntactic theory.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Syntactic Theory

Author : Robert Borsley
ISBN : 9781317858942
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Syntactic theory is central to the study of language. This innovative book introduces the ideas which underlie most approaches to syntax and shows how they have been developed within two broad frameworks: principles and parameters theory and phrase structure grammar. While other texts either concentrate on one theory or treat them as totally separate, here both approaches are introduced together, highlighting the similarities as well as the differences. Thoroughly updated in the light of major recent developments, this second edition includes expanded explanations of the main characteristics of the two theories, summaries of the main features, exercises reinforcing key points and suggestions for further investigation.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


Author : Donna Jo Napoli
ISBN : 0195079469
Genre : Grammar, Comparative and general
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This work introduces general readers and scholars from other disciplines who wish to learn linguistic methodology to linguistic analysis of sentences and phrases within a Government and Binding framework. The issues discussed are nonetheless fundamental to all modern theories of syntax, and prepare readers to read articles written in a diversity of theories. Each chapter concludes with a brief summary of the picture of the theory developed thus far, and the multiple problem sets cover English, Japanese, and Romance languages. Comprehensive yet accessible, Syntax: Theory and Problems ennables readers to approach linguistic literature framed by the modern theories of today, and to approach the issues discussed in that literature with an open mind.
Category: Grammar, Comparative and general

An Introduction To Syntax

Author : Robert D. Van Valin
ISBN : 0521635667
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The book guides students through the basic concepts involved in syntactic analysis and goes on to prepare them for further work in any syntactic theory, using examples from a range of phenomena in human languages. It also includes a chapter on theories of syntax.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Syntax Theory And Analysis

Author : Mouton De Gruyter
ISBN : 311020276X
Genre : Generative grammar
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The handbook offers an overview of syntactic theory and analysis, in terms of different theories, different languages, and different methods. The Handbook presents the state of art in syntactic analysis, also dealing with the methodology employed, and the rules of argumentation required to achieve such analysesfor a wide range of phenomena.
Category: Generative grammar

Concise Encyclopedia Of Syntactic Theories

Author : K. Brown
ISBN : STANFORD:36105019251318
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Concise Encyclopedia of Syntactic Theories presents a collection of articles on all major syntactic theories, current or past, taken from the award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Flexible Syntax

Author : A. Neeleman
ISBN : 9789401142892
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Most linguistic theories assume that each grammatical relation is established in a unique structural configuration. Neeleman and Weerman take issue with this view, arguing for a more flexible approach on the basis of conceptual considerations and data taken mostly, but not exclusively, from the Germanic languages. In-depth analyses of word order phenomena as well as diachronic and typological generalizations motivate a re-evaluation of the role of case in the projection of arguments. Case is shown to provide a syntactic foothold for thematic interpretation, something which is necessary in a grammar that does not allow fixed theta-positions. Thus, this study does not only offer a genuine alternative to many standard assumptions, it also explains why there should be such a thing as case in natural language.
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An Introduction To Syntactic Theory

Author : Edith A. Moravcsik
ISBN : 9780826489432
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Provides an introduction to syntactic theory. This book includes theories such as transformational generative grammar, relational grammar, word grammar, functional grammar, and optimality theory. It also includes chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading, exercises, a glossary of terms, and an appendix for analysis or reference.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Handbook Of Contemporary Syntactic Theory

Author : Mark Baltin
ISBN : 9780470756355
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This volume provides a comprehensive view of the current issues in contemporary syntactic theory. Written by an international assembly of leading specialists in the field, these 2 original articles serve as a useful reference for various areas of grammar. Contains 23 articles written by an international assembly of specialists in the field. The lucidly written articles grant accessibility to crucial areas of syntactic theory. Contrasting theories are represented. Contains an informative introduction and extensive bibliography which serves as a reference tool for both students and professional linguists.
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Author : Robert D. van Valin
ISBN : 0521499151
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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An introduction to syntactic theory and analysis.
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Optimality Theory

Author : Joost Dekkers
ISBN : 0198238444
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Optimality theory has revolutionized phonological theory, and its insights are now being applied to other central aspects of language. This book presents the results of research as applied to syntax/language acquisition, as well as considering the main lines of attack by rule-based grammarians.
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Non Transformational Syntax

Author : Robert Borsley
ISBN : 9781444395020
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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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
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Syntactic Categories

Author : Gisa Rauh
ISBN : 9780191613753
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book offers a systematic account of syntactic categories - the building blocks of sentences and the units of grammatical analysis - and explains their place in different theories of language. It sets out and clarifies the conflicting definitions of competing frameworks which frequently make it hard or impossible to compare grammars. Gisa Rauh describes the history and nature of traditional and contemporary accounts and definitions of grammatical categories. She explains their properties and use in generative, cognitive, and functional theories, and considers their function in language typology. She distinguishes between the cognitive functions of categories that relate to traditional parts of speech and serve to structure a language's lexicon; and those which determine the syntactic behaviour of the linguistic items they specify. Professor Rauh illustrates her account with a wide range of examples. Her clear and balanced exposition will be welcomed by students and scholars in all branches of linguistics as well as by those in related subjects such as computational science and the philosophy of language.
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The Cambridge Handbook Of Generative Syntax

Author : Marcel den Dikken
ISBN : 9781107354586
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Syntax – the study of sentence structure – has been at the centre of generative linguistics from its inception and has developed rapidly and in various directions. The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax provides a historical context for what is happening in the field of generative syntax today, a survey of the various generative approaches to syntactic structure available in the literature and an overview of the state of the art in the principal modules of the theory and the interfaces with semantics, phonology, information structure and sentence processing, as well as linguistic variation and language acquisition. This indispensable resource for advanced students, professional linguists (generative and non-generative alike) and scholars in related fields of inquiry presents a comprehensive survey of the field of generative syntactic research in all its variety, written by leading experts and providing a proper sense of the range of syntactic theories calling themselves generative.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Guide To Morphosyntax Phonology Interface Theories

Author : Tobias Scheer
ISBN : 9783110238624
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book reviews the history of the interface between morpho-syntax and phonology roughly since World War II. Structuralist and generative interface thinking is presented chronologically, but also theory by theory from the point of view of a historically interested observer who however in the last third of the book distills lessons in order to assess present-day interface theories, and to establish a catalogue of properties that a correct interface theory should or must not have. The book also introduces modularity, the rationalist theory of the (human) cognitive system that underlies the generative approach to language, from a Cognitive Science perspective. Modularity is used as a referee for interface theories in the book. Finally, the book locates the interface debate in the landscape of current minimalist syntax and phase theory and fosters intermodular argumentation: how can we use properties of morpho-syntactic theory in order to argue for or against competing theories of phonology (and vice-versa)?
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Language Evolution And Syntactic Theory

Author : Anna R. Kinsella
ISBN : 9780521895309
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Discusses the relationship between Chomskyan syntactic theory and the evolution of language.
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The Ideologies Of Theory The Syntax Of History

Author : Fredric Jameson
ISBN : 9780816615766
Genre : Philosophy
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"Jameson has had an enormous influence, perhaps greater than that of any other single figure of any nationality, on the theorization of the postmodern in China." [Wikipedia].
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Essays In Syntactic Theory

Author : Samuel David Epstein
ISBN : 9781134651818
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The essays in this important collection explore wide-ranging aspects of the syntax and semantics of human languages. Key topics covered include movement phenomena and the syntax of logical form, methods in generative linguistics and the role of rules vs. principles in syntactic theory. This volume makes a vital contribution to substantive and methodological debates in linguistic theory.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines