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Description - Essays in Syntactic Theory by Samuel David Epstein

The essays in this important collection explore wide ranging aspects of the syntax and semantics of human languages. The book also examines methods in generative linguistics, and the role of rules vs. principles in syntactic theory. Key topics covered in the work include: movement phenomena and the syntax of logical form the representation and semantic interpretation of certain empty categories the formation and representation of A-chains, A-bar chains and verb-chains The book presents a bold hypothesis concerning methods of determining unification vs. non-unification of syntactic principles, based on comprehensive theoretical Case-study. It is argued that Case and Theta subsystems are in fact distinct, and thus unification should not be sought. In addition, the book addresses the fundamental question of whether syntax is rule based vs. principle based, and advances a rule-based, 'UN-principled', derivational approach. Essays in Syntactic Theory makes a vital contribution to substantive and methodological debates in linguistic theory, and should therefore be of interest to any serious scholar of the discipline.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415192354
ISBN-10: 0415192358
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 4-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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