Constituent Structure

Paperback | January 10, 2010

byAndrew Carnie

not yet rated|write a review
This book explores the empirical and theoretical aspects of constituent structure in natural language syntax. It surveys a wide variety of functionalist and formalist theoretical approaches, from dependency grammars and Relational Grammar to Lexical Functional Grammar, Head-driven PhraseStructure Grammar, and Minimalism. It describes the traditional tests for constituency and the formal means for representing them in phrase structure grammars, extended phrase structure grammars, X-bar theory, and set theoretic bare phrase structure. In doing so it provides a clear, thorough, andrigorous axiomatic description of the structural properties of constituent trees. Andrew Carnie considers the central controversies on constituent structure. Is it, for example, a primitive notion or should it be derived from relational or semantic form? Do sentences have a single constituency or multiple constituencies? Does constituency operate on single or multiple dimensions?And what exactly is the categorial content of constituent structure representations? He identifies points of commonality as well as important theoretical differences among the various approaches to constituency, and critically examines the strengths and limitations of competing frameworks. This new edition includes textual revisions as well as a new final chapter and ensures that Constituent Structure remains the definitive guide to constituency for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, as well as theoretical linguists of all persuasions in departments of linguistics,cognitive science, computational science, and related fields.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$56.95

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

This book explores the empirical and theoretical aspects of constituent structure in natural language syntax. It surveys a wide variety of functionalist and formalist theoretical approaches, from dependency grammars and Relational Grammar to Lexical Functional Grammar, Head-driven PhraseStructure Grammar, and Minimalism. It describes t...

Andrew Carnie is Professor of Lingusitics at the University of Arizona. His 1995 dissertation proposed that the traditional distinction between phrases and words is derived and falls out from the interfaces of the syntax with the morphological and semantic components. His publications include the successful textbook Syntax: A Generati...

other books by Andrew Carnie

Modern Syntax
Modern Syntax

Kobo ebook|Jan 1 2011

$32.39 online$41.99list price(save 22%)
see all books by Andrew Carnie
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:January 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199583463

ISBN - 13:9780199583461

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Constituent Structure

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Part 1: Preliminaries1. Introduction2. Constituent Structure3. Basic Properties of Trees: Dominance and Precedence4. Second Order Relations: C-command and GovernmentPart 2: Phrase Structure Grammars and X-bar Theory5. Capturing Constituent Structure: Phrase Structure Grammars6. Extended Phrase Structure Grammars7. X-bar TheoryPart 3: Controversies8. Towards Set-Theoretic Constituency Representations9. Dependency and Constituency10. Multidominated, Multidimensional, and Multiplanar Structures11. Phrasal Categories and CartographyReferencesIndex