This volume is the most comprehensive reference work to date on Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG). The authors provide detailed and extensive coverage of the analysis of syntax, semantics, morphology, prosody, and information structure, and how these aspects of linguistic structure interact in the nontransformational framework of LFG.
The book is divided into three parts. The first part examines the syntactic theory and formal architecture of LFG, with detailed explanations and comprehensive illustration, providing an unparalleled introduction to the fundamentals of the theory. Part two explores non-syntactic levels of linguistic structure, including the syntax-semantics interface and semantic representation, argument structure, information structure, prosodic structure, and morphological structure, and how these are related in the projection architecture of LFG. Chapters in the third part illustrate the theory more explicitly by presenting explorations of the syntax and semantics of a range of representative linguistic phenomena: modification, anaphora, control, coordination, and long-distance dependencies. The final chapter discusses LFG-based work not covered elsewhere in the book, as well as new developments in the theory.
The volume will be an invaluable reference for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and researchers in a wide range of linguistic sub-fields, including syntax, morphology, semantics, information structure, and prosody, as well as those working in language documentation and description.
1: Background and theoretical assumptions
Part I: Syntax
2: Functional structure
3: Constituent structure
4: Syntactic correspondences
5: Describing syntactic structures
6: Syntactic relations and syntactic constraints
Part II: Beyond Syntactic Structures
7: Beyond C-structure and F-structure: Linguistic representations and relations
8: Meaning and semantic composition
9: Argument structure and mapping theory
10: Information structure
11: Prosodic structure
12: The interface to morphology
Part III: Phenomena
15: Functional and anaphoric control
17: Long-distance dependencies
18: Related research threads and new directions