Synopses & Reviews
Since its first publication in 1991 Liliane Haegeman's Introduction to Government and Binding Theory
has become established as the most authoritative introduction to the Principles and Parameters approach to syntactic theory. This new edition has been extensively updated throughout. Major structural changes include new chapters on Functional Heads and Head Movement and on Relativized Minimality. Discussions of a number of topics missing from or not paid due attention in the first edition have been integrated or expanded, for example: the structure of small clauses (in chaprer 2), chain formation (in chapter 6), and reconstruction, multiple movement, wh
-absorption, Full Interpretation, and expletive replacement (in chapter 9). The copious exercises have been revised to increase potential for creativty and flexibility of approach. New exericases highlight further controversial issues.
In short, this book offers a complete, updated introduction to the current state of Government and Binding Theory, suitable for readers with some basic knowledge of generative linguistics.
An introduction to the current state of government-binding theory, using as its basis the standard version of this theory as developed in Chomsky's more recent writings. This edition has been extensively updated, and includes new chapters on functional heads and on movement.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -690) and index.
About the Author
Liliane Haegeman is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Geneva. Her numerous works include A Modern Course in English Syntax (with Herman Wekker; 1985), The Use of Will in Present-day English (1983), and English Grammar: A Generative Perspective (with Jacqueline Gueron; Blackwell, 1999).
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction: The Chomskyan Perspective on Language Study 1. The Lexicon and Sentence Structure 2. Phrase Structure 3. Case Theory 4. Introduction and Overview 5. Non Overt Categories: PRO and Control 6. Transformations: NP-Movement 7. WH-Movement 8. An Inventory of Empty Categories 9. Logical Form and Phonetic Form 10. Barriers: An Introduction 11. Aspects of the Syntax of Germanic Languages 12. Romance Languages Bibliography Index