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The Routledge Handbook of Syntax

ISBN 9781315796604
Published April 29, 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

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction



Part 1 Constituency, Categories and Structure

  1. Merge, Labeling and Projection
  2. Naoki Fukui and Hiroki Narita

  3. Argument Structure
  4. Jaume Mateu

  5. The Integration, Proliferation and Expansion of Functional Categories,
  6. Lisa deMena Travis

  7. Functional Structure Inside Nominal Phrases
  8. Jeffrey Punske

  9. The Syntax of Adjectives
  10. Artemis Alexiadou

    6 The Syntax of Adverbs,

    Thomas Ernst

    Part 2 Syntactic Phenomena

  11. Head Movement
  12. Michael Barrie and Éric Mathieu

  13. Case and Grammatical Relations
  14. Maria Polinsky and Omer Preminger

  15. A-bar Movement
  16. Norvin Richards

  17. The Syntax of Ellipsis and Related Phenomena
  18. Masaya Yoshida, Chizuru Nakao and Iván Ortega-Santos

  19. Binding Theory
  20. Robert Truswell

  21. Control Theory
  22. Norbert Hornstein and Jairo Nunes

  23. Scrambling
  24. Yosuke Sato and Nobu Goto

  25. Noun Incorporation, Nonconfigurationality, and Polysynthesis
  26. Kumiko Murasugi

    Part 3 Syntactic Interfaces

  27. The Syntax-Semantics/Pragmatics Interface
  28. Sylvia L.R. Schreiner

  29. The Syntax-Lexicon Interface
  30. Peter Ackema

  31. The Morphology-Syntax Interface
  32. Daniel Siddiqi

  33. Prosodic Domains and Syntax-Phonology Interface
  34. Dobashi Yoshihito

    Part 4 Syntax in Context

  35. Syntactic Change
  36. Ian Roberts

  37. Syntax in Forward and in Reverse: Form, Memory, and Language Processing
  38. Matt Wagers

  39. Major Theories in Acquisition of Syntax Research
  40. Susannah Kirby

  41. 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


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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