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Title: Heads in Grammatical Theory
Edited By: Greville G. Corbett
Norman M. Fraser
Scott McGlashan

Contemporary linguistic theories distinguish the principal element of a
phrase - the 'head' - from the subordinate elements it dominates. This
pervasive grammatical concept has been used to describe and account for
linguistic phenomena ranging from agreement and government to word order
universals, but opinions differ widely on its precise definition. A key
question is whether the head is not already identified by some other, more
basic notion or interacting set of notions in linguistics. Heads in
Grammatical Theory is the first book devoted to the subject. Providing a
clear view of current research on heads, some of the foremost linguists in
the field tackle the problems set by the assumptions of particular
grammatical theories and offer insights which have relevance across
theories. Questions considered include whether there is a theory-neutral
definition of head, whether heads have cognitive reality, how to identify
the head of a phrase, and whether there are any universal correlations
between headedness and deletability.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521026520
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 350
Prices: U.S. $ 50.00
U.K. £ 27.99