A Minimalist Approach
By (author) David Adger
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Core Syntax by David Adger
Book DescriptionThis is an introduction to the structure of sentences in human languages. It assumes no prior knowledge of linguistic theory and little of elementary grammar. It will suit students coming to syntactic theory for the first time either as graduates or undergraduates. It will also be useful for those in fields such as computational science, artificial intelligence, or cognitive psychology who need a sound knowledge of current syntactic theory. Sentences in human languages are not just collections of random sounds with associated meanings. They involve a host of intriguing phenomena including constraints on possible word orders and the establishment of relationships between words and phrases which affect both phonological form and meaning. David Adger leads the reader in easy stages through the development of an approach which explains how these phenomena work. This approach is based on ideas from Noam Chomsky's Minimalist Programme - notably the derivational nature of the linguistic system, the interpretability of syntactic features, and the reduction of syntactic operations to Merge and Move. These ideas are explained in clear, simple terms, backed up with examples and diagrams. The book emphasizes the importance of cross-linguistic evidence in the development of syntactic arguments. Above all it demonstrates the value of building a consistent theoretical system via repeated processes of hypothesis testing and evaluation. Exercises are provided at key points through the book. The book may be used as part of a course or for self-tuition. It offers a sound basis for advanced work in linguistics and related fields.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199243709
(245mm x 170mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Adger
Mirrors and Microparameters, Paperback (October 2011)
This book looks at the nature of free word order and phrase structure, with particular reference to a single endangered language - Kiowa.
Phi-theory, Paperback (May 2008)
This book brings together the different strands and styles of research on Phi-features, such as person, number, and gender. It presents the core questions, major results, and new directions of this area of linguistic theory and shows how Phi Theory casts light on the nature of interfaces and the structure of the grammar.
Specifiers, Hardback (March 1999)» View all books by David Adger
This collection of papers explores the concept of specifier, one of the fundamental concepts in the theory of phrase structure, within the latest syntactic framework: Chomsky's Minimalist Programme. A large number of languages, from English to Zuni, and from Modern Greek to Japanese and Arabic, are covered by the various contributions.
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Author Biography - David Adger
David Adger is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the co-editor of Specifiers: Minimalist Perspective (OUP, 1999) and publishes widely in syntax and semantics. He is co-general editor of the series Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics.
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