English Grammar: A Generative Perspective
April 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
While the main focus of the book is empirical, it introduces important theoretical concepts: theta theory, X-bar theory, case theory, locality, binding theory, economy, full interpretation, functional projections. In doing so it prepares the student for more advanced theoretical work. The authors integrate many recent insights into the nature of syntactic structure into their discussion. They present information in a gradual way: hypotheses developed in early chapters are reviewed and modified in subsequent ones. The authors also pay attention to the relation between structure and interpretation and to language variation, and particularly to register variation. They include a wide range of diverse exercises, giving the student an opportunity for creative individual work on English.
1. The Structure of English Sentences.
2. Movement and Locality.
3. Developments in the Analysis of the Clause.
4. Aspects of the Syntax of Noun Phrases.
5. From Structure to Interpretation.
6. The New Comparative Syntax.
Jacqueline Guéron is Professor of Linguistics at Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle.
* Offers perhaps the definitive description of English in this theoretical framework.
* Emphasises the role of argumentation in syntax - building theory from data.