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Simpler Syntax

Peter W. Culicover and Ray Jackendoff


This book offers a perspective on the structure of human language. The fundamental issue it addresses is the proper balance between syntax and semantics, between structure and derivation, and between rule systems and lexicon. It argues that the balance struck by mainstream generative grammar is wrong. It puts forward a new basis for syntactic theory, drawing on a wide range of frameworks, and charts new directions for research. In the past four decades, theories of syntactic structure have become more abstract and syntactic derivations have become more complex. The book traces this development ... More

Keywords: syntactic theory, structure, derivation, semantics, rule systems, lexicon, generative grammar, Simpler Syntax Hypothesis, phonology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199271092
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter W. Culicover, author
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Ray Jackendoff, author
co-director, Dan Dennett Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University
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