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Syntax: A Generative Introduction

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Syntax: A Generative Introduction by Andrew Carnie (University of Arizona), 9781119569237
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  • ISBN: 9781119569237 | 1119569230
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/29/2020
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Andrew Carnie’s bestselling textbook on syntax has guided thousands of students through the discipline of theoretical syntax; its popularity due to its combination of straightforward language, comprehensive coverage, and numerous exercises.

In this fourth edition, a new chapter on Chomsky’s Merge has been added and additional exercises are included. Authoritative coverage spans phrase structure, the lexicon, Case theory, movement, covert movement, locality conditions, VP shells, and control. Other chapters included cover auxiliaries, ellipsis, and non-configurational languages.

A simultaneous publication of the second edition of The Syntax Workbook: A Companion to Carnie's Syntax will occur. This optional companion has also been thoroughly revised and greatly expanded to offer students the opportunity to practice the skills and concepts introduced in the text. Online resources for both instructors and students are available at

Comprehensive, engaging, and ideally structured for study, the fourth edition of Syntax is the most robust introduction to the major issues in generative syntactic theory available today.

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