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Core Syntax : A Minimalist Approach. David Adger. This is an introduction to the structure of sentences in human languages. It assumes no prior knowledge of linguistic theory and little of elementary grammar. It will suit students coming to syntactic theory for the first time either as graduates or undergraduates.

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Our distribution centres are open and orders can be placed online. Do be advised that shipments may be delayed due to extra safety precautions implemented at our centres and delays with local shipping carriers. Request Inspection Copy. This is an introduction to the structure of sentences in human languages. It assumes no prior knowledge of linguistic theory and little of elementary grammar. It will suit students coming to syntactic theory for the first time either as graduates or undergraduates.

It will also be useful for those in fields such as computational science, artificial intelligence, or cognitive psychology who need a sound knowledge of current syntactic theory. Sentences in human languages are not just collections of random sounds with associated meanings. They involve a host of intriguing phenomena including constraints on possible word orders and the establishment of relationships between words and phrases which affect both phonological form and meaning.

David Adger leads the reader in easy stages through the development of an approach which explains how these phenomena work. This approach is based on ideas from Noam Chomsky's Minimalist Programme - notably the derivational nature of the linguistic system, the interpretability of syntactic features, and the reduction of syntactic operations to Merge and Move. These ideas are explained in clear, simple terms, backed up with examples and diagrams. The book emphasizes the importance of cross-linguistic evidence in the development of syntactic arguments.

Above all it demonstrates the value of building a consistent theoretical system via repeated processes of hypothesis testing and evaluation. Exercises are provided at key points through the book. The book may be used as part of a course or for self-tuition. It offers a sound basis for advanced work in linguistics and related fields.

Each chapter includes excellent problem sets and a list of further readings The author takes a lot of time to illustrate each derivation step by step, thus helping students to see the workings of a formal syntactic system.

Another very positive characteristic is the approach to crosslinguistic variation, which is given consistently in terms of features I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a text that presents minimalist syntax in a clear way and with data from a vast array of languages. Firstly, the fact that syntax should be carried out using a consistent set of theoretical assumptions. Secondly, as the title says, 'core' areas of syntax are covered.

Finally, the methodology of theory formation is emphasised as well. Overall I would say that the book has accomplished these aims admirably. I have found this to be an excellent introduction to Minimalist Syntax, and to syntactic theorising in general.

All the ideas are presented clearly. Something I found particularly good was the way examples are worked through in detail, with each instance of feature checking specified.

Also, the exercises were well presented, with some particularly difficult areas such as binding dealt with clearly This is a high quality textbook, which I would certainly recommend. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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Choose your country or region Close. Dear Customer, As a global organisation, we, like many others, recognize the significant threat posed by the coronavirus. Please contact our Customer Service Team if you have any questions. Core Syntax A Minimalist Approach David Adger Oxford Core Linguistics Concise and accessible introduction to core syntax requiring no prior knowledge of linguistic theory Provides a fully up to date theoretical framework for the study of syntax within the Chomskyan Minimalist model Emphasis on structure of syntactic arguments and on the interaction between theory, analysis, and data clearly illustrates how syntactic arguments are developed Chapter summaries, use of numerous diagrams and examples, and exercises make the book ideal for use on courses as well as for revision or self-study.

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