This book provides a comprehensive and accssbile introduction to the major issues in syntactic theory, including phrase structure, the lexicon, case theory and locality conditions.
Written Primarily in the Prhinciples and Parameters Framework, the text also includes an introduction to minimalism and gives a brief survey of both Lexical-Functional Grammar and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. It contains numerous exercises, including foreign language problem sets, designed both to cement foundational knowledge and to take teh student to the next level. The balanced presentation guides the student through complicated analyses, pointing out common mistakes and how to avoid them.
Syntax provides a thorough grounding in all areas of generative syntax and prepares teh reader for more advanced study. It is supported by an instructor's manual and online resources for students and instructors.
ISBN-10: 0631225439 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0631225447 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1405133848 (2nd edition Paperback)
From the back cover:
"From first-hand experience, Carnie's book provides a highly readable and engaging initiation into the mindset and preoccupations of current syntactic theory. It is useful in tying the cognitive implciations and the background of current Chomskyan work together with the increasing cross-linguistic emphasis in syntax. The problem sets alone were extremely appreciated by my undergraduates." Professor Mark Baltin, New York University
"This book is a perfect example of how sophisticated syntactc concepts can be presetned in a genuinely reader-friendly way. The syntax student is led carefully through argumentaiton to current syntactic theory and at the end has a clear understanding not only of the whats of syntax but also the whys." Professor Lisa deMena Travis, McGill University.
Published Reviews of the First Edition:
- LINGUIST list. http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/13/13-1745.html
- Language 79.3: 628-631. (reviewer: Margaret Speas, U Massachusetts, Amherst) Download
- Linx: Approches syntaxique contemporaines 48: 164-165 (reviewer: Danielle Leeman, U. Paris 10) Download
Published Reviews of the Second Edition:
- http://linguistlist.org/issues/18/18-257.html (Reviewer: Lara Reglero)
- Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar Journal (ATEGJ) 23.1, page 14. (Reviewer: Michelle J. Moosally, University of Houston Downtown)
- Click here to see the reader reviews on Amazon.com
The first and second editions are no longer in print. Used copies can be purchased from any online used book dealer, but I strongly recommend buying the Third edition!