Oxford Core Linguistics Description 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.
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Dec 14, AJ rated it liked it Core Syntax by David Adger is an interesting book, especially, for those who lack a solid background in syntax theory.
It is based on the minimalist approach that is proposed by Noam Chomsky. There are three basic notions on which the author based his Core Syntax: theory, analysis, and data.
Therefore, he presents these three significant elements lucidly throughout his textbook. This textbook has ten chapters. In the first chapter, the author introduces some main concepts of linguistics. Then, in Core Syntax by David Adger is an interesting book, especially, for those who lack a solid background in syntax theory.
Then, in the second chapter, he discusses the requirement of feature checking on the basis of the notions of interpretable and uninterpretable. The third chapter includes the semantic aspect and its role in syntax. The fourth chapter has introduced three main areas: the structure of phrases, the significance of c-command, ditransitivity, and the syntactic architecture of the system. In the fifth chapter, the author provides theories of functional categories and describes empirically how they represent basic units of sentences; he includes examples from other languages, mainly French and German.
Also, this chapter has covered such areas as head-movement and do-support. In chapter six, the author shows how almost the same theories can be applied to noun phrases which comprise primarily subjects and objects.
Again, in chapter seven the author argues that functional categories are significant in relation to subjects and objects. However, the main focus is on the determiner phrase DP , while chapter 8 is reserved for the complementizer phrases CP.
Approaching the end of the textbook, the notion of wh-movement is discussed in chapter 9. Finally, in chapter 10, the author concludes with the subject of locality and phases or islands. All in all, this textbook is recommended for students who do not have a deep background in syntax. I find some exercises confusing because some of them have a number of typos.
Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach
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. Finally, the methodology of theory formation is emphasised as well.
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Yonos University of Western Australia Library. Great content, but easy to get lost. Add a tag Cancel Merge linguistics. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Core Syntax — David Adger — Oxford University Press This fast-track introduction to syntax assumes no adget knowledge of linguistic theory. Another very positive characteristic is the approach to crosslinguistic variation, which is given consistently in terms of features Overall I would say that the book has accomplished these aims admirably. Something I found particularly good was ccore way examples are worked through in detail, with each instance of feature checking specified.
Islam Youssef rated it really liked it May 27, It is rather oriented towards students of an advanced level. Comments and reviews What are comments? Good book to start learning about generative grammar. Denis Bouchard — — University of Chicago Press. Core Syntax Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistic theory and little of elementary grammar, it is an ideal text for students coming to syntactic theory for the first time, either as graduates or undergraduates. He is co-general editor of the series Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics. Something I found particularly good was the way examples are worked through in detail, with each instance acger feature checking specified.