Bare Syntax

Front Cover
OUP Oxford, May 8, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 312 pages
0 Reviews
This important contribution to the Minimalist Program offers a comprehensive theory of locality and new insights into phrase structure and syntactic cartography. It unifies central components of the grammar and increases the symmetry in syntax. Its central hypothesis has broad empirical application and at the same time reinforces the central premise of minimalism that language is an optimal system. Cedric Boeckx focuses on two core components of grammar: phrase structure and locality. He argues that the domains which render syntactic processes local (such as islands, bounding nodes, barriers, and phases in all their cartographic manifestations) are better understood once reduced to, or combined with, the basic syntactic operation, Merge, and its core representation, the X-bar schema. In a detailed examination of the mechanism of phrasal projection or labelling he shows that viewing chains as X-bar phrases allows conditions on chain formation or movement to be captured. Clearly argued, accessibly written, and illustrated with examples from a wide range of languages, Bare Syntax will appeal to linguists and others interested in syntactic theory at graduate level and above.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Preliminary considerations
3
Outline of a General Theory of Locality
28
Unambiguous Merge
63
Cartographies and the locality of selection
121
Islands and the locality of chains
163
Epilogue
243
References
251
Index
287
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2008)

Cedric Boeckx is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. His books include Linguistic Minimalism (OUP 2006) and Understanding Minimalist Syntax (Blackwell 2007).