Syntax: A Generative Introduction

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Wiley, Feb 28, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 390 pages
12 Reviews
This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the major issues in syntactic theory, including phrase structure, the lexicon, case theory, movement, and locality conditions.Written primarily in the Principles and Parameters framework, the text also includes an introduction to Minimalism and gives a brief survey of both Lexical-Functional Grammar and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. It contains numerous exercises, including foreign language problem sets, designed both to cement foundational knowledge and to take the student to the next level. The balanced presentation guides the student through complicated analyses, pointing out common mistakes and how to avoid them.Syntax provides a thorough grounding in all areas of generative syntax and prepares the reader for more advanced study. It is supported by an instructor's manual and online resources for students and instructors: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/carnie.

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User Review  - Abdelmjid Seghir - Goodreads

A very detailed introduction to syntax. Although Carnie can be funny sometimes, the book can be boring and irritating, especially if you're not into syntax but have to take for a college course. Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca Lynne - Goodreads

Carnie puts forth linguistics in a very easy-to-read fashion with a lot of examples from "real life" languages. He also has an exercise book that goes well with the text, though I did not purchase it ... Read full review

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Andrew Carnie is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. He is co-moderator, with Helen Dry and Anthony Aristar, of the Linguist List, and is co-editor, with Eithne Guilfoyle, of The Syntax of Verb Initial Languages (2000).