Syntactic Theory

ISBN-10: 0230243940
ISBN-13: 9780230243941
Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)
Authors: Geoffrey Poole
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List price: $54.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Clear, practical and accessible, Syntactic Theoryintroduces students to theory building and evaluation through Government-Binding Theory. Now fully updated, this second edition features new chapters on the Minimalist Program, expanded chapters on Phrase Structure and Functional Categories and extensively revised end-of-chapter exercises.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The scientific study of language
The competence/performance distinction
Some simple approaches to grammaticality judgements
Language acquisition and universal grammar
Description and explanation: the case of structure-dependent rules
Introduction to the book
Phrase Structure and Constituency
A simple starting point
Constituency
The elements of a phrase-structure tree and their relations
Are two levels enough?
Constituency tests: more applications and case studies
X'-Theory and Functional Categories
Introduction to X'-Theory
Inside the XP
Functional categories
Coordination and X'-Theory
Head-initial and head-final languages
q-Theory and Case Theory
An introduction to argument structure
q-roles
Morphological case
Morphological case vs abstract case
Exceptional case marking
The Case Filter
The visibility condition: an improvement on the Case Filter?
Introduction to Binding Theory
Anaphors and Principle A
Pronouns and Principle B
R-expressions and Principle C
Movement and Chains
Transformations: an introduction
Wh-movement: subjacency and successive cyciicity
More evidence for successive cyciicity
Subjacency and the analysis of relative clauses
More transformations: passive and raising
Levels of application of principles
Chains
Logical Form
Wh-movement in the LF component
Quantifier raising: another LF transformation
LF A-movement: expletive replacement
Empty Categories and their Constraint
Binding Theory: a recap and (minor) reformulation
The Binding Theory status of DP-trace
The Binding Theory status of wh-trace
The search for null pronouns
[+a, +p] revealed!
Interlude: a note on Plato's Problem
The Empty Category Principle
From government to proper government
Subjacency vs the ECP
Adjuncts and antecedent government
Summary of the ECP
Relativized minimality: an introduction
Towards the Minimalist Program: Clause Structure Revisited
The VP-internal subject hypothesis
More on the VP: double object verbs, VP-shells and light verbs
vP and Accusative Case assignment
From IP to TP
Rizzi (1997) and the 'cartographic' approach to CP
Towards the Minimalist Program: Movement Revisited
The copy theory of movement
A movement analysis of control
Introduction to verb movement
Notes
References
Index

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