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Non-Transformational Syntax: Formal and Explicit Models of Grammar

Non-Transformational Syntax: Formal and Explicit Models of Grammar

Robert Borsley (Editor), Kersti Börjars (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39502-0

Sep 2011

464 pages

$136.99

Description

This authoritative introduction explores the four main non-transformational syntactic frameworks: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical-Functional Grammar, Categorial Grammar, and Simpler Syntax. It also considers a range of issues that arise in connection with these approaches, including questions about processing and acquisition.
  • An authoritative introduction to the main alternatives to transformational grammar
  • Includes introductions to three long-established non-transformational syntactic frameworks: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical-Functional Grammar, and Categorial Grammar, along with the recently developed Simpler Syntax
  • Brings together linguists who have developed and shaped these theories to illustrate the central properties of these frameworks and how they handle some of the main phenomena of syntax
  • Discusses a range of issues that arise in connection with non-transformational approaches, including processing and acquisition
List of Contributors.

Introduction: Robert D. Borsley (University of Essex) and Kersti Börjars (University of Manchester).

1. Elementary principles of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (Georgia M Green).

2. Advanced topics in Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar Andreas (Kathol, Adam Przepiórkowski and Jesse Tseng).

3. Lexical-Functional Grammar: interactions between morphology and syntax (Rachel Nordlinger Joan Bresnan).

4. Lexical-Functional Grammar: functional structure (Helge Lødrup).

5. Combinatory Categorial Grammar (Mark Steedman and Jason Baldridge).

6. Multi-Modal Type-Logical Grammar (Richard T Oehrle).

7. Alternative minimalist visions of language (Ray Jackendoff).

8. Feature-based grammar (James P. Blevins).

9. Lexicalism, periphrasis and implicative morphology (Farrell Ackerman, Gregory T Stump and Gert Webelhuth).

10. Performance-compatible competence grammar (Ivan A Sag and Thomas Wasow).

11. Modelling grammar growth: universal grammar without innate principles or parameters (Georgia M. Green).

12. Language Acquisition with feature-based grammars (Aline Villavicencio).

Index of Subjects.

Index of Languages.

“Notwithstanding the above desiderata, the book is very readable, and represents an excellent introduction to the major variants of non-transformational syntax. It is highly recommended as an essential source of reference for both working syntacticians and researchers in related (sub)fields.”  (The LINGUIST List, 30 May 2012)