A Course in Minimalist Syntax: Foundations and Prospects
February 2005, ©2005, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Minimalist Expectations: Preliminary Assumptions, with a Review of Some Familiar Notions.
2. From Rules to Principles and Beyond: A Strongly Constructivist System, with a Detailed Presentation of Phrase-structure.
3. The Economy of Derivations: Featuring Movements of Various Sorts and Ways to Constrain Them.
4. The Economy of Representations: Featuring Chain Uniformity and Case.
5. The Last Resort Character of Linguistic Computations: On What Drives the Movement Operation and Related Topics.
6. LF Processes: Why We (Don't?) Need Them and What They Might Be.
7. Roles, Cycles, Binding and Related Problems: Including a Discussion of Open Questions Relating Wh-movement.
Juan Uriagereka is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, and is author of A Course in GB Syntax (with Howard Lasnik, 1988) and Rhyme and Reason: An Introduction to Minimalist Syntax (1998).
Cedrick Boeckx is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Harvard University. He is the author of Islands and Chains (2003) and Multiple Wh-fronting (edited with K. K. Grohmann, 2003).
- introduces essential topics in the minimalist program in a straightforward and detailed manner
- maintains an informal tone for students yet also contains enough fresh material to appeal to specialists
- provides a natural extension of the classroom approach to linguistics, showing readers a new way of approaching syntax by thinking in minimalist terms
- written by two prominent syntax researchers, the authors of the classic A Course in GB Syntax, Howard Lasnik and Juan Uriagereka
"This book anchors abstract minimalist speculations to some of the fundamental empirical problems that have occupied syntactic theory for the past half century and shows how current ideas developed naturally from previous ones. It is essential reading for understanding how the Minimalist Program advances the study of human language." Robert Freidin, Princeton University