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The Routledge Handbook of Syntax

ISBN 9780415533942
Published May 1, 2014 by Routledge
734 Pages

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Book Description

The study of syntax over the last half century has seen a remarkable expansion of the boundaries of human knowledge about the structure of natural language. The Routledge Handbook of Syntax presents a comprehensive survey of the major theoretical and empirical advances in the dynamically evolving field of syntax from a variety of perspectives, both within the dominant generative paradigm and between syntacticians working within generative grammar and those working in functionalist and related approaches.

The Handbook covers key issues within the field that include:

• core areas of syntactic empirical investigation,

• contemporary approaches to syntactic theory,

• interfaces of syntax with other components of the human language system,

• experimental and computational approaches to syntax.

Bringing together renowned linguistic scientists and cutting-edge scholars from across the discipline and providing a balanced yet comprehensive overview of the field, The Routledge Handbook of Syntax is essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students working in syntactic theory.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction.  Contributors.  Acknowledgements.  Part 1: Constituency, Categories and Structure 1. Merge, Labeling and Projection Naoki Fukui and Hiroki Narita  2. Argument Structure Jaume Mateu 3. The Integration, Proliferation and Expansion of Functional Categories Lisa deMena Travis  4. Functional Structure Inside Nominal Phrases Jeffrey Punske 5.The Syntax of Adjectives Artemis Alexiadou 6. The Syntax of Adverbs Thomas Ernst  Part 2 Syntactic Phenomena 7. Head Movement Michael Barrie and Éric Mathieu 8. Case and Grammatical Relations Maria Polinsky and Omer Preminger 9. A-bar Movement Norvin Richards 10. The Syntax of Ellipsis and Related Phenomena Masaya Yoshida, Chizuru Nakao and Iván Ortega-Santos 11. Binding Theory Robert Truswell 12. Control Theory Norbert Hornstein and Jairo Nunes 13. Scrambling Yosuke Sato and Nobu Goto 14. Noun Incorporation, Nonconfigurationality, and Polysynthesis Kumiko Murasugi Part 3 Syntactic Interfaces 15. The Syntax-Semantics/Pragmatics Interface Sylvia L.R. Schreiner 16. The Syntax-Lexicon Interface Peter Ackema 17. The Morphology-Syntax Interface Daniel Siddiqi 18. Prosodic Domains and Syntax-Phonology Interface Dobashi Yoshihito Part 4 Syntax in Context 19. Syntactic Change Ian Roberts 20. Syntax in Forward and in Reverse: Form, Memory, and Language Processing Matt Wagers 21. Major Theories in Acquisition of Syntax Research Susannah Kirby 22. The Evolutionary Origins of Syntax Maggie Tallerman Part 5 Theoretical Approaches to Syntax 23. The History of Syntax Peter Culicover 24. Comparative Syntax Martin Haspelmath 25. Principles and Parameters/Minimalism Juan Uriagereka and Terje Lohndal 26. Head Driven Phrase Structure Grammar Felix Bildhauer 27. Lexical-Functional Grammar George Aaron Broadwall 28. Role and Reference Grammar Robert Van Valin 29 Dependency Grammar Timothy Osborne 30. Morphosyntax in Functional Discourse Grammar Lachlan MacKenzie 31. Construction Grammar Seizi Iwata 32. Categorial Grammar Mark Steedman. Index

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Andrew Carnie is Professor of Linguistics and Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Arizona, USA.

Yosuke Sato is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Department of English Language and Literature of the National University of Singapore.

Daniel Siddiqi is an Associate Professor of Linguistics, Cognitive Science, and English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.


"The Handbook brings together thoughtful and judicious essays by outstanding scholars, covering the many aspects of syntax that have been explored and developed extensively in recent years. It is sure to be of great value to a wide range of users, from students to those engaged in advanced research, as well as to others who want to gain some sense of current ideas about the nature of language. A very welcome and impressive contribution."
Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

"This is an excellent book, both rich in detail and beautifully clear and accessible. The most important phenomena and theoretical issues in generative grammar are discussed in an even-handed and interesting way. The combination of historical perspective, theoretical and methodological breadth, and up-to-date insights makes it a must-read for graduate students, and a valuable resource for specialists."
Elizabeth Cowper, University of Toronto, Canada

"...[The Routledge Handbook of Syntax] is overall a stellar addition to the growing body of survey literature that deserves a special slot on every syntactician’s book shelf, and is sure to leave its mark on many future syntax syllabi."
Dennis Ott, University of Ottawa, Canada, The LINGUIST List