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Simpler Syntax by Peter W. Culicover
Book DescriptionThis groundbreaking book offers a new and compelling perspective on the structure of human language. The fundamental issue it addresses is the proper balance between syntax and semantics, between structure and derivation, and between rule systems and lexicon. It argues that the balance struck by mainstream generative grammar is wrong. It puts forward a new basis for syntactic theory, drawing on a wide range of frameworks, and charts new directions for research. In the past four decades, theories of syntactic structure have become more abstract, and syntactic derivations have become ever more complex. Peter Culicover and Ray Jackendoff trace this development through the history of contemporary syntactic theory, showing how much it has been driven by theory-internal rather than empirical considerations. They develop an alternative that is responsive to linguistic, cognitive, computational, and biological concerns. At the core of this alternative is the Simpler Syntax Hypothesis: the most explanatory syntactic theory is one that imputes the minimum structure necessary to mediate between phonology and meaning. A consequence of this hypothesis is a far richer mapping between syntax and semantics than is generally assumed. Through concrete analyses of numerous grammatical phenomena, some well studied and some new, the authors demonstrate the empirical and conceptual superiority of the Simpler Syntax approach. Simpler Syntax is addressed to linguists of all persuasions. It will also be of central interest to those concerned with language in psychology, human biology, evolution, computational science, and artificial intellige
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199271092
(245mm x 171mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter W. Culicover
Explaining Syntax, Hardback (October 2013)
This book collects Peter Culicover's key observations on the nature of syntax and its place within the architecture of language. Over four decades his pioneering examinations of expression and interpretation have led him to rebalance the elements of grammar and to reformulate linguistic theory. The book will appeal to all theoretical linguists.
Grammar and Complexity, Hardback (April 2013)
This book combines ideas about the architecture of grammar and language acquisition, processing, and change to explain why languages show regular patterns when there is so much irregularity in their use and complexity when there is such regularity in linguistic phenomena. It offers new insights into the way language is produced and understood.
English Focus Constructions and the Theory of Grammar, Paperback (July 2009)» View all books by Peter W. Culicover
This study focuses on constructions in English and how they are judged to be 'stylistic.'
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Author Biography - Peter W. Culicover
Ray Jackendoff is Professor of Philosophy and Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He was previously Professor of Linguistics at Brandeis University. His books include Semantics and Cognition (1983), Consciousness and the Computational Mind (1987), A Generative Theory of Tonal Music (1982, with Fred Lerdahl), Foundations of Language (2002), and Simpler Syntax (2005, with Peter W. Culicover). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the Linguistic Society of America and of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
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