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An Introduction to English Sentence Structure [Format Kindle]

Andrew Radford

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This outstanding resource for students offers a step-by-step, practical introduction to English syntax and syntactic principles, as developed by Chomsky over the past 15 years. Assuming little or no prior background in syntax, Andrew Radford outlines the core concepts and how they can be used to describe various aspects of English sentence structure. This is an abridged version of Radford's major new textbook Analysing English Sentences (also published by Cambridge University Press), and will be welcomed as a handy introduction to current syntactic theory.

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Andrew Radford is Professor and Head of Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. His recent publications include Minimalist Syntax: Exploring the Structure of English (Cambridge, 2004) and English Syntax: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2004).

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  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press; Édition : 1 (12 février 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A more than decent introduction to Minimalist Syntax 11 juillet 2013
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I decided to write a review, since the only review amazon currently has for this book does not give it much justice, undeservedly so. Back in the day when I started to deal with Minimalist Syntax, this was one of the first introductory level materials I was advised to read, and with retrospect, all I can say is that it gives a fairly solid introduction to the latest proceedings in syntactic theory, and thus can even be used by those who possess an already substantial knowledge of earlier versions of mainstream generative grammar (MGG in the following) such as GB, or EST, but would like to know what directions the field has taken in recent years.

The material presented in the book is fairly well organised, starting out with elementary concepts, first introducing the goal of the generative tradition as a whole before going into actual details of particular structures, which I believe is both didactically sound and interesting, besides justifing the necessity of the book itself. Supposedly the book is self sufficient, and no background in syntax or linguistics is presupposed, but as far as I can judge, it comes in handy if the potential reader has at least a general idea of the basic concepts of linguistic analysis (Thematic roles, grammatical functions, arguments, etc.) since given the relative conciseness of the book, there is not always enough space to build up the argument from scratch.

The rest of the chapters follow the typical "U-curve" often found in syntax textbooks, whereas an analysis presented early in the book is reevaluated and complicated in a later chapter, and is assigned a theoretically and empirically more adequate explanation. This may disturb those readers who want to see the "correct representation" as soon as they encounter a phenomenon, instead of reading pages of reasoning WHY the new analysis is better than the one introduced 100 pages earlier, but since some of these elaborations presuppose material covered in later chapters, it would have been exceedingly difficult not to use the U-curve without completely destroying the line of argument in the book.

Of course, good as the book is, it definitely has some faults. First and foremost, the framework presupposed is essentially an amalgamation of often competing theories and analyses of leading figures in the field. This is in itself not a problem, since differing views are often alluded to through the pages, but advanced or more attentive readers may find some discrepancies in the framework itself, or contradictions in the text. Many of these seemingly contradictory statements have an explanation however, albeit deeply buried in the often quite unforgiving primary literature, which one cannot expect an introductory textbook to cover.
To give an example for the interested: Throughout the book, X-bar theory is used extensively as a notational device, along with a more modern "Merge" driven conception of derivation. This has interesting consequences for the representation of adjuncts vs complements for instance. Radford itself claims in the book that Bare Phrase Structure is more a leading idea in the field than a widely accepted notation, but I still believe that making the choice of using a truly minimalist framework with BPS notation would have resulted in less confusion.

These problems are dwarfed by the fact that by the end of the book, one will have at least a general idea of many hard-to-grasp concepts like phases, impenetrability, split CP, etc. and can reasonably proceed to original works written by specialists of the field, which will no doubt clear up any confusion, provided one is perseverant enough.

Don't be misled by my rating, I gave it 4 stars due to my intimate involvement with Minimalism, and the sometimes unnecessary theoretical simplification. Nonetheless, it is a great book for anyone interested in contemporary syntactic theory
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 The worst linguistics book I was ever forced to buy, or use. 27 février 2010
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This book had many obtuse examples that did not support the points being made. It wandered all over the place with no real organized format. There was no stepping stone approach. Frequently the examples were gramatically incorrect. The professor spent more time in clas explaining what Radford meant than teaching new material. I can honestly say that in all the text books I have ourchased for my 130 hours of college credit this was the worst to work from. There were major gramatical errors every 1-2 pages. Many topic were explained with no further reasoning than "Becase I said so." The author assumed that the reader was going to continue on for a doctorate and not e sitting in a sophmore class struggling to come to terms with his difficult jargon. The professor I had for this course ultimately decided to drop the book after one semester,
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