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Andrew Radford's textbook, Minimalist Syntax, provides a concise, clear, and accessible introduction to syntactic theory, drawing on the key concepts of Chomsky's Minimalist Program. Assuming little or no prior knowledge of syntactic theory, Radford takes students through a diverse range of topics in English syntax - such as categories and features, merger, null constituents, movement, case, and split projections - and shows how the 'computational component' works within the minimalist framework. Beginning at an elementary level, the book introduces grammatical concepts and sets out the theoretical foundations of Principles and Parameters and Universal Grammar, before progressing in stages towards more complex phenomena. Each chapter contains a workbook section, in which students are encouraged to make their own analyses of English phrases and sentences through exercises, model answers, and 'helpful hints'. There is also an extensive glossary of terms.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521542746
ISBN-10: 052154274X
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 27mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Radford

Andrew Radford is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Essex.

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