Syntactic Relations A Critical Survey

ISBN-10: 0521608295
ISBN-13: 9780521608299
Edition: 2006
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Description: Accounts of syntax are usually based on two assumptions: firstly, that a sentence comprises a hierarchy of phrases, forming a 'tree' structure; and secondly, that phrases have 'heads', on which subordinate units depend. These fundamental assumptions  More...

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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 222
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Accounts of syntax are usually based on two assumptions: firstly, that a sentence comprises a hierarchy of phrases, forming a 'tree' structure; and secondly, that phrases have 'heads', on which subordinate units depend. These fundamental assumptions are questioned in this critical new survey, which argues that neither concept is important as is claimed, and that syntactic relations are in fact far more varied. Drawing on data from English as well as other major European languages, it summarizes earlier accounts of syntactic structure and looks at the different ways in which specific constructions have been described - the subject of much disagreement between linguists. It explores the problems faced by particular analyses, and raises the question of whether syntax should be simpler than it is. Suitable for non-specialists and complete with a clear and useful glossary, Syntactic Relations will become an essential and thought-provoking read for students and researchers in linguistic theory.

Preface
Introduction
Relations
Where shall we start?
What beginners are told
The doctrine of phrases
What is a head?
Heads and dependents
Dominance
Where arguments are complementary
Markers
'Complementisers'
Prepositions
Verb phrases
Must phrases have heads?
'Determiners'
Determiners and pronouns
Where does this lead us?
'Universals'
What is universal?
Asymmetries
Types of construction
One head or two?
Types of dominance
Subjects
Constituents
Phrase structure
Phrase structure and dependency
How far is there equivalence?
Layering in noun phrases
Why should constituency be thought fundamental?
Structures and categories
'Movement'
Must constructions reduce to tree structures?
How reduction is achieved
Compositionality
Group-verbs
Complex predications
'Small clauses'
Coordination
Simplicity
Should syntax not be simpler?
'Theories'
Glossary
References
Index

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