Syntactic Structures Revisited: Contemporary Lectures on Classic Transformational Theory by Howard Lasnik

Syntactic Structures Revisited: Contemporary Lectures on Classic Transformational Theory

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This book provides an introduction to some classic ideas and analyses of transformational generative grammar, viewed both on their own terms and from a more modern, or minimalist perspective. The major focus is on the set of analyses treating English verbal morphology. The book shows how the analyses in Chomsky's classic Syntactic Structures actually work, filling in underlying assumptions and often unstated formal particulars. From there the book moves to successive theoretical developments and revisions -- both in general and in particular as they pertain to inflectional verbal morphology. After comparing Chomsky's economy-based account with his later minimalist approach, the book concludes with a hybrid theory of English verbal morphology that includes elements of both Syntactic Structures and A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory.

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Howard Lasnik is a Professor at the University of Connecticut.
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Title:Syntactic Structures Revisited: Contemporary Lectures on Classic Transformational TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.9 × 6.8 × 0.5 inPublished:February 4, 2000Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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This educational treatise by Howard Lasnik is an analysis of Noam Chomsky's seminal texts Syntactic Structures and A Minimalist Program for Linguistic theory. Students of linguistics will find Syntactic Structures Revisited: Contemporary Lectures on Classic Transformational Theory a valuable resource about the works of this trenchant thinker. As many find Chomsky's writing a bit lofty and pedantic, Lasnik attempts to clarify the underlying assumptions and unstated formal particulars that are prerequisites to thoroughly understanding and appreciating Chomsky 's crucial theories.

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"For those who think the history of generative grammar is dead and buried, this book provides much needed shock therapy. With great clarity, insight, and close attention to empirical detail, Lasnik illuminated the central role of the issues, concepts, and analyses of Syntactic Structures in the development of syntactic theory from the beginnings of transformational grammar to the minimalist program. A brilliant commentary on its predecessor, Syntactic Structures Revisited should be required reading for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the structure of linguistic theory and the computational nature of human language."