By Robert Borsley

Syntactic concept is important to the research of language. This leading edge booklet introduces the guidelines which underlie such a lot ways to syntax and exhibits how they've been built inside of wide frameworks: ideas and parameters concept and word constitution grammar. whereas different texts both pay attention to one idea or deal with them as completely separate, the following either techniques are brought jointly, highlighting the similarities in addition to the differences.

Thoroughly up to date within the mild of significant fresh advancements, this moment version contains extended factors of the most features of the 2 theories, summaries of the most good points, workouts reinforcing key issues and proposals for additional research.

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I will not pursue this question. I will simply note that it highlights an important general point, namely that the more structure one assumes, the harder it is to provide evidence for every detail of it. A natural question to ask about this analysis is whether there are any DP specifiers. It is generally assumed by advocates of the analysis that possessives are DP specifiers. This means that (94) has the following structure: Note that on this analysis a possessive and a determiner occupy different positions.

3, we looked at ways of representing constituent structure, considering both tree diagrams and labelled bracketings. 4, we looked at how we can investigate the constituent structure of sentences. 5, we considered reasons for assuming a class of what we called intermediate categories. 6, we looked at the idea that both D and C have associated phrases, in other words the idea that there are both DP's and CP's. Syntactic theory: a unified approach 34 Notes Although most syntacticians assume that words are grouped together to form larger units or phrases of various kinds, this view is not universally accepted.

3 21 The representation of constituent structure We should now say a bit more about the representation of constituent structure. One point that we should note straightaway is that we could present an analysis of a sentence as a set of statements in ordinary language, statements about what categories the various words belong to and statements about what words or sequences of words constitute phrases of various kinds. For example, in the case of (1), we could have the following statements: (31) The is a D.

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