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Syntax : Theory and Problems - Donna Jo Napoli

Syntax

Theory and Problems

Paperback Published: 8th April 1993
ISBN: 9780195079463
Number Of Pages: 616

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This introduction to linguistic methodology - to "doing" linguistics - uses syntax as an example. It can thus be used as a primary text in introductory syntax courses. It is also, however, intended for scholars and students of other disciplines, such as psychology, philosophy, and computer science, who wish to acquire enough knowledge of linguists' methods to be able to solve problems. Napoli's book is unique in employing an inductive approach to teaching this material. Students are presented with data from the start, and led to considerations of the data that enable them to develop a theory of grammar. The organization is designed to allow students access to the intricate theory of Government and Binding without intimidation or mindless memorization. Extensively classroom tested, each chapter of the text is enhanced by numerous problem sets (covering English, Japanese, and Romance languages), reflecting Napoli's conviction that in order to truly understand syntactic analysis, one must do syntactic analysis. The book also includes both a general bibliography and a bibliography for the problem sets.

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"Well written and lively, with interesting problem sets. Professor Napoli has managed to make intelligible a difficult subject without talking down to students, or assuming vast prior knowledge."--Marilyn Silva, California State University, Hayward "A splendid textbook. I especially like Ms Napoli's tone and her inductive approach....I also like the fact that [she] consistently presents one theory and does not try to be eclectic; her emphasis is on analysis and drawing conclusions. Great!"--R.M.R. Hall, Queens College, City University of New York "She has filled a desperate need in the field--a book that is both readable and up-to-date. Readers have much to gain from Napoli's book, and for them, it will be interesting to see how the current formulation of the theory handles what had been problems for the earlier version."--Language "Well written and lively, with interesting problem sets. Professor Napoli has managed to make intelligible a difficult subject without talking down to students, or assuming vast prior knowledge."--Marilyn Silva, California State University, Hayward "A splendid textbook. I especially like Ms Napoli's tone and her inductive approach....I also like the fact that [she] consistently presents one theory and does not try to be eclectic; her emphasis is on analysis and drawing conclusions. Great!"--R.M.R. Hall, Queens College, City University of New York "She has filled a desperate need in the field--a book that is both readable and up-to-date. Readers have much to gain from Napoli's book, and for them, it will be interesting to see how the current formulation of the theory handles what had been problems for the earlier version."--Language

Introduction 1: Reflexives, Features of Nouns, Reference 2: Subject 3: Grammatical Functions, Complete Functional Complex, Theta Theory, and Licensing 4: X Bar Theory 5: Case, Government, and C-Command 6: Empty Categories and Movement 7: Control Theory, NP-Trace, and Barriers 8: Wh-Movement, Subagency, and Barriers 9: Accessibility, the ECP and Crossover 10: Long-Distance Anaphora, Small Clauses, C-Command, Linear-Precedence Index of Terminology Bibliography

ISBN: 9780195079463
ISBN-10: 0195079469
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 616
Published: 8th April 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.33
Weight (kg): 0.84

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