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Thinking Syntactically: A Guide to Argumentation and Analysis

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1853-8
398 pages
October 2005, ©2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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Thinking Syntactically: A Guide to Argumentation and Analysis is a textbook designed to teach introductory students the skills of relating data to theory and theory to data.

  • Helps students develop their thinking and argumentation skills rather than merely introducing them to one particular version of syntactic theory.
  • Structured around a wide range of exercises that use clear and compelling logic to build arguments and lead up to theoretical proposals.
  • Data drawn from current media sources, including newspapers, books, and television programs, to help students formulate and test hypotheses.
  • Generative in spirit, but does not focus on specific theoretical approaches but enables students to understand and evaluate different approaches more easily.
  • Written by an established author with an international reputation.
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Preface.

1: Introduction: The Scientific Study of Language.

Discussion.

Exercises.

2: Diagnostics for Syntactic Structure.

Discussion.

Exercises.

3: Lexical Projections and Functional Projections.

Discussion.

Exercises.

4: Refining Structures: From One Subject Position to Many.

Discussion.

Exercises.

5: The Periphery of the Sentence.

Discussion.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

Index.
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Liliane Haegeman is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Lille and a member of the CNRS research group SILEX. Her numerous works include Introduction to Government and Binding Theory (second edition, Blackwell, 1994) and English Grammar: A Generative Perspective (with Jacqueline Guéron; Blackwell, 1999).
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  • An introductory textbook written by an established author with an international reputation.
  • Helps students develop their thinking and argumentation skills rather than merely introducing them to one particular version of syntactic theory.
  • Structured around a wide range of exercises that use clear and compelling logic to build arguments and lead up to theoretical proposals.
  • Features data drawn from current media sources, including newspapers, books, and television programs, to help students formulate and test hypotheses.
  • Does not focus on specific theoretical approaches but enables students to understand and evaluate different approaches more easily.
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"This is a strikingly original book. With her usual flair and a host of attested examples, Liliane Haegeman has provided a painless and perceptive introduction to the science of syntax."
Neil Smith, University College London

"Linguists' partners complain that they pay no attention to what they say, only to how they say it. Haegeman makes a virtue of this, shows where it leads and how remarkable the human capacity for language is once one thinks of it formally. She has a wonderful eye and many of her examples are drawn from newspapers and novels."
David Lightfoot, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

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