Minimalist Syntax: Exploring the Structure of English

Minimalist Syntax: Exploring the Structure of English

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Andrew Radford
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2nd ed., 2004-05-27
EAN 9780521542746, ISBN10: 052154274X

Hardcover, 526 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 3 cm

Andrew Radford's latest textbook, Minimalist Syntax, provides a concise, clear, and accessible introduction to current work in syntactic theory, drawing on the key concepts of Chomsky's Minimalist Program. Assuming little or no prior knowledge of syntactic theory, Radford takes students through a diverse range of topics in English syntax - such as categories and features, merger, null constituents, movement, case, and split projections - and shows how the 'computational component' works within the minimalist framework. Beginning at an elementary level, the book introduces grammatical concepts and sets out the theoretical foundations of Principles and Parameters and Universal Grammar, before progressing in stages towards more complex phenomena. Each chapter contains a workbook section, in which students are encouraged to make their own analyses of English phrases and sentences through exercises, model answers, and 'helpful hints'. There is also an extensive glossary of terms.