Towards an Elegant Syntax
By (author) Michael Brody
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Towards an Elegant Syntax by Michael Brody
Book DescriptionThis collection of essays, written between 1980 and 2001, places the search for theoretical elegance at centre stage. The author shows that although the conceptual difference between 'elegance' and the minimalist search for 'perfection' may appear to be subtle, its consequences are in fact wide ranging and radical. These considerations lead to a markedly different and novel theory of syntax where most of the major features of minimalism, such as derivation, economy, merge, move, phrases and projection, are not just reanalysed or shifted to other components but in a majority of cases are dispensed with completely or reduced to much simpler notions. Towards an Elegant Syntax makes available important and some less easily accessible publications with new introductory material.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415299596
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Developments in the study of natural language syntax have suggested that theoretical elegance is an aim that should be more central in this area of investigation. This collection of essays, written between 1980 and 2001, places the search for theoretical elegance at centre stage.
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Author Biography - Michael Brody
Michael Brody is Professor of Linguistics at University College London and Scientific Advisor at the Linguistics Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
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