COVID-19 Response at Fishpond.com.au

Read what we're doing...

An Introduction to Syntactic Theory
By

Rating

Product Description
Product Details

Table of Contents

Preface; PART I. INTRODUCTION; 1. What is syntactic theory?; PART II. SYNTACTIC THEORY; 2. Parameters of Syntactic Theories; 3. Alternative Analyses of Syntactic Structures; 4. Alternative Analyses of Symbolic Equivalence Relations; 5. Alternative Analyses of Syntactic Variation and Change; 6. Four Current Approaches to Syntax; PART III. CONCLUSION; 7. Explaining Syntactic Theory; References.

About the Author

Dr Edith A. Moravcsik is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Reviews

."..many of her [Moravcsik's] discussions are quite interesting to read, and many of the points she makes are important contributions to the thinking about linguistic theory. The most important contribution, however, in our view, is that there is no theory that can explain everything, and there is nothing that can be explained by one theory alone."- Peter Ohl, Studies in Language, September 2008--Sanford Lakoff
."..very much more than basic linguistic knowledge is necessary to understand the point of many of the discussions in this book. In our view, there is no point in discussing the strength or weakness of any modelised explanation in an introductory textbook without introducing all of the assumptions leading to these explanations. Unfortunately, this occurs numerous times in the book under review...Another point of criticism is the state of the art of some of the theories introduced. Especially the generative model is often introduced in its old fashioned shape, taking syntactic transformations as assumptions that are still made...Minor weaknesses we found are insufficient explanations in the glossary (What does 'otherwise dominant' mean w.r.t. the explanation of a processor (p.244)?...There are also a few cases of poor representation of linguistic data...It is rather that it may not be quite reasonable to present this idea to beginners without sufficient preparation."- Peter Ohl, Studies in Language, September 2008--Sanford Lakoff
"It is a brave attempt to write a textbook in a theory-neutral framework and to illuminate abstract concepts of syntax by using examples from everyday life. However, a style which combines in one chapter an enigmatic quotation from Niels Bohr at the start but later draws an analogy between syntactic precedence and main course and dessert during a meal is not to my taste, and I tend to feel the intended audience of the book might agree. Although many syntactic facts are brought together in interesting and illuminating ways, they are somewhat diluted by a mass of information unrelated to syntax...I would not use this book as a primary text for introductory syntax at university level. On the other hand, the chapter summaries are tightly focused on syntax and I would expect students to find them helpful as concise reviews of basic concepts."- Manuela Schonenberger, Studies in Language, September 2008--Sanford Lakoff
..".very much more than basic linguistic knowledge is necessary to understand the point of many of the discussions in this book. In our view, there is no point in discussing the strength or weakness of any modelised explanation in an introductory textbook without introducing all of the assumptions leading to these explanations. Unfortunately, this occurs numerous times in the book under review...Another point of criticism is the state of the art of some of the theories introduced. Especially the generative model is often introduced in its old fashioned shape, taking syntactic transformations as assumptions that are still made...Minor weaknesses we found are insufficient explanations in the glossary (What does 'otherwise dominant' mean w.r.t. the explanation of a processor (p.244)?...There are also a few cases of poor representation of linguistic data...It is rather that it may not be quite reasonable to present this idea to beginners without sufficient preparation."- Peter Ohl, Studies
"How refreshing to find a textbook on syntax that strives not only for theoretical neutrality but also to educate its readers on the reasons for divergence of opinion in the literature ... The fact that Moravcsik cites a wide range of typologically distinct languages means this textbook is to be vastly preferred over those with a more Anglocentric focus. A welcome addition to any reading list." Dr Deborah L. Anderson, Affiliated Lecturer Dept. of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK
Why are there so many theories of syntax? How is it that some scholars talk about syntax in ways that just don't register with us? Edith Moravcsik starts from what is required of theory in any domain of inquiry, and considers how these requirements are met, to differing degrees, by various theories of syntax. She shows how mismatches arise, within syntax and in its relations to other modules, and how they are resolved. This book thus offers great insight into why other linguists think the way they do about syntax. It is even more useful for helping us as readers to understand why we do syntax the way we do." Greville G. Corbett, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, University of Surrey

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 8% commission by selling An Introduction to Syntactic Theory on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top