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Modern Phrase Structure Grammar

ISBN: 978-0-631-18407-2
284 pages
October 1996, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book provides an introduction to Generalised Phrase Structure Grammar (GPSG) and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), theories which have formed one of the main currents in syntactic theory since 1980.
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Preface. 1. Preliminaries. 2. Classical Phrase Structure Grammar. 3. Syntactic Categories. 4. Rules and Principles. 5. Semantics. 6. Some Basic Structures. 7. Some Further Structures. 8. Raising and Control. 9. Unbounded Dependencies. 10. Anaphora. 11. Valency Alternations. 12. Some Further Phenomena. 13. Modern PSG and Other Frameworks. References. Index.
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The author is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written many papers on English, Welsh, Breton and Polish syntax, and has made important contributions to both Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar. He is also the author of an introduction to syntax, Syntactic Theory: A Unified Approach (1991). He is co-editor of Journal of Linguistics.
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* The first textbook introduction to the subject.
* Presupposes no prior knowledge of GPSG and HPSG.
* Each chapter includes exercises and further reading.
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"This is an excellent textbook, written with the lucidity and care that we have come to expect from Bob Borsley's work. It would make an excellent text for an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate sequence in syntactic theory and practice". Robert D. Levi, Ohio State University

"I recommend it to budding computational linguists in conjunctin with a practical course in HPSG grammar writing, and following one or two terms of relative theory-neutral syntax."Stephen Nightingale, University of Edinburgh

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