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Title: Simpler Syntax
Written By: Peter W. Culicover
Ray Jackendoff

This groundbreaking book offers a new and compelling perspective on the
structure of human language. The fundamental issue it addresses is the
proper balance between syntax and semantics, between structure and
derivation, and between rule systems and lexicon. It argues that the
balance struck by mainstream generative grammar is wrong. It puts forward a
new basis for syntactic theory, drawing on a wide range of frameworks, and
charts new directions for research.

In the past four decades, theories of syntactic structure have become more
abstract, and syntactic derivations have become ever more complex. Peter
Culicover and Ray Jackendoff trace this development through the history of
contemporary syntactic theory, showing how much it has been driven by
theory-internal rather than empirical considerations. They develop an
alternative that is responsive to linguistic, cognitive, computational, and
biological concerns.

At the core of this alternative is the Simpler Syntax Hypothesis: the most
explanatory syntactic theory is one that imputes the minimum structure
necessary to mediate between phonology and meaning. A consequence of this
hypothesis is a far richer mapping between syntax and semantics than is
generally assumed. Through concrete analyses of numerous grammatical
phenomena, some well studied and some new, the authors demonstrate the
empirical and conceptual superiority of the Simpler Syntax approach.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199271089
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 608
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00

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ISBN: 0199271097
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 608
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99