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Minimalist Syntax: Exploring the Structure of English by Andrew Radford

By Andrew Radford

Andrew Radford's newest textbook presents a concise, available creation to present paintings in syntactic thought, drawing at the key options of Chomsky's Minimalist application. Assuming very little earlier wisdom of syntactic conception, Radford leads scholars via a various variety of themes in English syntax. each one bankruptcy includes a workbook part, within which scholars are inspired to make their very own research of English words and sentences via workouts, version solutions, and "helpful hints". there's additionally an in depth word list of phrases.

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5, we noted Chomsky’s claim that the language faculty incorporates a theory of Universal Grammar/UG which embodies a set of universal grammatical principles that determine the ways in which grammatical operations work; and we saw that the syntax of questions in English provides evidence for postulating that syntactic operations are constrained by a universal Locality Principle. 6, we went on to argue that the grammars of natural languages vary along a number of parameters. We looked at three such parameters – the Wh-Parameter, the Null-Subject Parameter, and the Head-Position Parameter, arguing that each of these parameters is binary in nature by virtue of having two alternative 25 26 1 gram m ar settings.

In much the same way, we can identify verbs by their inflectional morphology in English. In addition to their uninflected base form (= the citation form under which they are listed in dictionaries), verbs typically have up to four different inflected forms, formed by adding one of four inflections to the appropriate stem form: the relevant inflections are the perfect/passive participle suffix -n, the past-tense suffix -d, the third-person-singular present-tense suffix -s, and the progressive participle/gerund suffix -ing.

A wh-word is a word like who/what/where/when etc. ) A closer look at questions like (15) provides evidence that there are UG principles which constrain the way in which movement operations may apply. 5 Principles of Universal Grammar interesting property of the questions in (14) and (15) is that they contain two auxiliaries (had and would) and two wh-expressions (who and what). Now, if we compare (15) with the corresponding echo question in (14), we find that the first of the two auxiliaries (had) and the first of the wh-words (who) are moved to the front of the sentence in (15).

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