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 Title: Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction
 Author(s) Ivan A. Sag, Thomas Wasow
 Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf (February 1, 1999)
 Paperback: 440 pages
 eBook: PDF (483 pages)
 Language: English
 ISBN10/ASIN: 1575861607
 ISBN13: 9781575861609
Book Description
This book is unlike any other introductory textbook on the market. Targeting students with strong formal/mathematical skills, but assuming no particular previous background, this book focuses on the development of precisely formulated grammars whose empirical predictions can be directly tested.
The book begins with the inadequacy of contextfree phrase structure grammars, motivating the introduction of feature structures, types and type constraints as ways of expressing linguistic generalizations. Step by step, students are led to discover a grammar that covers the core areas of English syntax that have been central to syntactic theory in the last quarter century, including: complementation, control, 'raising constructions', passives, the auxiliary system, and the analysis of long distance dependency constructions.
Special attention is given to the treatment of dialect variation, especially with respect to African American Vernacular English, which has been of considerable interest with regard to the educational practice of American school systems.
About the Authors Ivan A. Sag is Professor of Linguistics and Thomas Wasow is Professor of Linguistics & Philosophy. Both are at Stanford University, where they also serve on the faculty of the Symbolic Systems Program.
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