An Introduction to Minimalism

Elly van Gelderen | Arizona State University
ISBN 9789027212535 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Using a concise and clear style, this book highlights insights from current syntactic theory and minimalism. Chapter 1 starts with the general idea behind generative grammar and should be read from a big picture perspective. Because the book expects no prior syntactic background, its next two chapters are on lexical and grammatical categories and on basic phrase structure rules. After these introductory chapters, the book covers the clausal spine, the VP, TP, and CP in Chapters 4, 5, and 6, respectively. For the VP, it emphasizes lexical aspect, theta-roles, and the VP-shell; for the TP and CP, it uses a cartographic approach and juxtaposes that to free adjunction. Chapter 7 covers the DP and Chapter 8 discusses the importance of features. Chapter 9 returns to some of the issues raised in Chapter 1 and summarizes the approach. It includes keywords, frequent summaries, exercises, and suggested answers to the exercises. Cartoons and frequent corpus examples enliven the text.
[Not in series, 214] 2017.   xvi, 159 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] the book remains invaluable and very useful, especially for Syntax students and for people desiring to gain insight into the working mechanisms of Minimalism. I also find the book very informative. The presentation of linguistic facts and analyses is highly appealing to readers. The style is particularly plain and coherent. The book is greatly recommended as an introductory course book for people concerned with theoretical linguistics.”

Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017041504