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Books: Syntax: Sag, Wasow, Bender

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Message 1: Syntactic Theory: Sag, Wasow, Bender

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 17:12:17 +0000
From: sosa <>
Subject: Syntactic Theory: Sag, Wasow, Bender

Title: Syntactic Theory
Subtitle: A Formal Introduction
Series Title: CSLI Lecture Notes, # 152
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: CSLI Publications		 
Author: Ivan A. Sag, Stanford University 
Author: Thomas Wasow, Stanford University 
Author: Emily M. Bender, University of Washington 

Hardback: ISBN: 1575863995, Pages: 624, Price: $80.00
Comment: 2nd Edition
Paperback: ISBN: 1575864002, Pages: 624, Price: $37.50
Comment: 2nd Edition

The second edition of Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction expands
and improves on a truly unique introductory syntax textbook. Like the
first edition, it focuses on the development of precisely formulated
grammars whose empirical predictions can be directly tested. There is
considerable emphasis on prediction and evaluation of grammatical
hypotheses, as well as on integrating syntactic hypotheses with
matters of semantic analysis. The step-by-step introduction to a
consistent grammar covering the core areas of English syntax is
complemented by extensive problems sets drawing from a variety of
languages. The student covers the core areas of English syntax from
the last quarter century, including: complementation, control,
'raising constructions', passives, the auxiliary system, and the
analysis of long distance dependency constructions. The theoretical
perspective of the book is presented in the context of current models
of language processing. The practical value of the constraint-based,
lexicalist grammatical architecture proposed has already been
demonstrated in computer language processing applications. The
thoroughly reworked second edition includes revised and extended
problem sets, updated analyses, additional examples, and more detailed
exposition throughout.

Praise for the first edition of Syntactic Theory:

"Syntactic Theory sets a new standard for introductory syntax volumes
that all future books should be measured against." --Gert Webelhuth,
Journal of Linguistics 37, p. 261 (2001)

"Syntactic Theory is, without a doubt, the best available introduction
to unification-based syntactic theory." --Gregory Stump, University of

"My undergraduate students loved this book." --Georgia Green,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lingfield(s): General Linguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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