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Title Language Acquisition and Syntactic Theory
Author A.E. Pierce
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Release 2012-12-06
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 175
ISBN 9401125740
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The theory of language acquisition is a young but increasingly active field. Language Acquisition and Syntactic Theory presents one of the first detailed studies of comparative syntax acquisition. It is informed by the view that linguists and acquisitionists are essentially working on the same problem, that of explaining grammar learnability. The author takes cross-linguistic data from child language as evidence for recent proposals in syntactic theory. Developments in the structure of children's sentences during the first few years of life are traced to changes in the setting of specific grammatical parameters. Some surprising differences between the early child grammars of French and English are uncovered, differences that can only be explained on the basis of subtle distinctions in inflectional structure. This motivates the author's claim that functional or nonthematic categories are represented in the grammars of very young children. The book also explores the relationship between acquisition and diachronic change in French and English. It is argued that findings in acquisition, when viewed from a parameter setting perspective, provide answers to important questions arising in the study of language change. The book promises to be of interest to all those involved in the formal, psychological or historical study of linguistic knowledge.

An Introduction to Syntactic Theory by Edith A. Moravcsik

Title An Introduction to Syntactic Theory
Author Edith A. Moravcsik
Publisher A&C Black
Release 2006-06-19
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 263
ISBN 0826489435
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Provides an introduction to syntactic theory. This book includes theories such as transformational generative grammar, relational grammar, word grammar, functional grammar, and optimality theory. It also includes chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading, exercises, a glossary of terms, and an appendix for analysis or reference.

Title The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory
Author Mark Baltin
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release 2008-04-15
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 880
ISBN 0470756357
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This volume provides a comprehensive view of the current issues in contemporary syntactic theory. Written by an international assembly of leading specialists in the field, these 2 original articles serve as a useful reference for various areas of grammar. Contains 23 articles written by an international assembly of specialists in the field. The lucidly written articles grant accessibility to crucial areas of syntactic theory. Contrasting theories are represented. Contains an informative introduction and extensive bibliography which serves as a reference tool for both students and professional linguists.

Radical Construction Grammar by William Croft

Title Radical Construction Grammar
Author William Croft
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release 2001
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780198299547
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

An important and original work by one the world's leading linguistic theorists. Radical Construction Grammar presents a profound critique of syntactic theory, offers a new approach to syntax, and uncovers the real universals of grammar. It will particularly interest those concerned with theories of grammar and language typology, and with mind/language relations.

Syntactic Theory by Robert Borsley

Title Syntactic Theory
Author Robert Borsley
Publisher Routledge
Release 2014-04-23
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1317858948
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Syntactic theory is central to the study of language. This innovative book introduces the ideas which underlie most approaches to syntax and shows how they have been developed within two broad frameworks: principles and parameters theory and phrase structure grammar. While other texts either concentrate on one theory or treat them as totally separate, here both approaches are introduced together, highlighting the similarities as well as the differences. Thoroughly updated in the light of major recent developments, this second edition includes expanded explanations of the main characteristics of the two theories, summaries of the main features, exercises reinforcing key points and suggestions for further investigation.

Essays in Syntactic Theory by Samuel David Epstein

Title Essays in Syntactic Theory
Author Samuel David Epstein
Publisher Routledge
Release 2013-06-17
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1134651813
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The essays in this important collection explore wide-ranging aspects of the syntax and semantics of human languages. Key topics covered include movement phenomena and the syntax of logical form, methods in generative linguistics and the role of rules vs. principles in syntactic theory. This volume makes a vital contribution to substantive and methodological debates in linguistic theory.

Syntactic Theory by Geoffrey Poole

Title Syntactic Theory
Author Geoffrey Poole
Publisher Macmillan International Higher Education
Release 2011-05-23
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 336
ISBN 023034531X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'This is a highly recommendable book. It elegantly introduces generative grammar as an empirical science. Written in a clear and friendly tone, it is extremely readable and makes complicated linguistic theory accessible to students' - Ken Ramshøj Christensen, Aarhus University, Denmark This clear and practical introduction to Syntactic Theory introduces students to theory building, hypothesis testing and evaluation through the framework of Chomsky's Government-Binding Theory. Initial chapters guide the student through essential topics such as X'-Theory, Transformations and elementary Binding Theory, progressing to cover more advanced issues such as Reconstruction, the light verb vP and control as movement. Presenting the core linguistic theory and problem solving skills that are essential to the subject, this updated and revised second edition features: • New material on the Minimalist Program and Government-Binding Theory • Expanded chapters on Phrase Structure and Functional Categories • A wealth of new tree diagrams as well as revised end-of-chapter exercises The liberal use of in-text exercises engage the reader at every stage of theory-development, while an 'Open Issue' at the end of each chapter encourages active participation and further exploration of the chapter's topic. With an engaging, informal style, Syntactic Theory makes the most difficult topics accessible to a wide range of students.

Title A Concise Introduction to Syntactic Theory
Author Elizabeth A. Cowper
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release 2009-06-15
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 213
ISBN 022616022X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This textbook is intended to give students a quick start in using theory to address syntactic questions. At each stage, Cowper is careful to introduce a theoretical apparatus that is no more complex than is required to deal with the phenomenon under consideration. Comprehensive and up-to-date, this accessible volume will also provide an excellent refresher for linguists returning to the study of Government-Binding theory. "Cowper exhibits the analytical devices of current principles-and-parameters approaches, takes readers carefully through the central elements of grammatical theory (including very recent work), and ushers them selectively into the technical literature. . . . A serious introduction for those who want to know the nuts and bolts of syntactic theory and to see why linguists are so excited these days."—David Lightfoot, University of Maryland "An excellent short introduction to the Government and Binding model of syntactic theory. . . . Cowper's work succeeds in teaching syntactic argumentation and in showing the conceptual reasons behind specific proposals in modern syntactic theory."—Jaklin Kornfilt, Syracuse University

Title Language Evolution and Syntactic Theory
Author Anna R. Kinsella
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2009-07-23
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 222
ISBN 0521895308
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Discusses the relationship between Chomskyan syntactic theory and the evolution of language.

An Introduction to Syntactic Theory by Edith A. Moravcsik

Title An Introduction to Syntactic Theory
Author Edith A. Moravcsik
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2006-06-07
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1441160434
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This textbook provides a comprehensive, balanced introduction to syntactic theory. The author shows how the diversity of syntactic theories, which at first seems confusing, can be approached by examining how each deals with conflicting data. This approach helps the student to understand how syntactic theories are related to each other, what they necessarily have in common, and in what ways they actually differ. Theories introduced here include Transformational Generative Grammar, Relational Grammar, Word Grammar, Functional Grammar, and Optimality Theory, amongst others. An Introduction to Syntactic Theory will be essential reading for undergraduate students of linguistics, whether they are new to the subject or studying it at a more advanced level.

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