Constituent Structure by Andrew CarnieConstituent Structure by Andrew Carnie

Constituent Structure

byAndrew Carnie

Paperback | January 10, 2010

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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.
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...
Title:Constituent StructureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:January 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199583463

ISBN - 13:9780199583461


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