A Concise Introduction to Syntactic Theory: The Government-Binding Approach

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 213 pages
This textbook is intended to give students a quick start in using theory to address syntactic questions. At each stage, Cowper is careful to introduce a theoretical apparatus that is no more complex than is required to deal with the phenomenon under consideration. Comprehensive and up-to-date, this accessible volume will also provide an excellent refresher for linguists returning to the study of Government-Binding theory.

"Cowper exhibits the analytical devices of current principles-and-parameters approaches, takes readers carefully through the central elements of grammatical theory (including very recent work), and ushers them selectively into the technical literature. . . . A serious introduction for those who want to know the nuts and bolts of syntactic theory and to see why linguists are so excited these days."—David Lightfoot, University of Maryland

"An excellent short introduction to the Government and Binding model of syntactic theory. . . . Cowper's work succeeds in teaching syntactic argumentation and in showing the conceptual reasons behind specific proposals in modern syntactic theory."—Jaklin Kornfilt, Syracuse University

 

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Contents

1 The Theory in Context
1
2 Categories and Phrase Structure
19
3 Thematic Relations and θRoles
48
4 Predicting Phrase Structure
57
5 NPMovement
71
6 Government and Case
89
7 WHMovement
103
8 Move α and the Theory of Movement
127
9 The Empty Category Principle
141
10 Interpretation of Nominals
147
11 Clauses and Categories
173
12 A Unified Approach to Locality Constraints
180
References
195
Index
199
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