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Syntax
Basic Concepts and Applications

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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521605786

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  • Syntax: Basic Concepts and Applications provides a systematic introduction to core topics in syntax, focusing on how the basic concepts apply in the analysis of sentences. Assuming no background in linguistic analysis, the book gives students a working knowledge of syntactic analysis from a minimalist perspective. Step by step it explains the fundamentals of phrase structure, movement and deletion. Well-placed exercises throughout reinforce and extend the concepts and analyses presented in the text, allowing readers to gain understanding of progressively complex issues at a comfortable pace. Much of the data comes from English, but crucial examples are also drawn from a range of other languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Welsh and Greek.

    • Provides a systematic and detailed account of core topics in syntax: phrase structure, movement and deletion
    • Contains 160 structured exercises that spell out the steps required to reach a solution, to reinforce and sometimes to extend the concepts and analyses presented in the text
    • Uses data from a variety of languages to motivate and sharpen analyses
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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521605786
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 174 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 2 tables 160 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The computational nature of human language
    2. Knowledge of language as an object of inquiry
    3. Categories and constituents
    4. Phrase structure theory
    5. The structure of clauses
    6. The syntax of Spec-TP
    7. Head movement and the structure of root clauses
    8. Wh-movement
    9. Ellipsis: unpronounced syntax.

  • Author

    Robert Freidin, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Robert A. Freidin is Professor, Program in Linguistics/Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.

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