Theories of Syntax Concepts and Case Studies

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-11-26
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Do you want a deeper understanding of syntax and grammar?

Theories of Syntax: Concepts and Case Studies is an indispensable student companion. Starting with basic concepts of syntax, Kuiper and Nokes then delve deeper by explaining how we understand syntactic phenomena, and show us how to use different theoretical frameworks.

Theories of Syntax:
¦ Explores syntactic phenomena through a scientific lens
¦ Shows how syntactic models are shaped by theoretical frameworks
¦ Summarizes four theories of syntax: Systemic Functional Grammar, the Principles and Parameters Framework, Lexical Functional Grammar and Minimalism
¦ Illustrates seven sets of syntactic phenomena through case studies

With questions for revision, reflection and discussion in each chapter, this is an ideal book for students who want to further their studies.

Author Biography

Koenraad Kuiper is Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has been a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and held two Fulbright fellowships in the United States. He has either authored or edited fourteen books.

Jacqueline Nokes is a part-time lecturer and PhD Candidate at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Table of Contents

1. Studying Syntax
2. A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Syntax
3. Seven Syntactic Phenomena
4. Systematic Functional Grammar
5. The Principles and Parameters Framework
6. Lexical functional grammar
7. Minimalism
8. Syntax and its Theories

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