Lexical-functional syntax /

"Provides both an introduction to LFG and a synthesis of major theoretical developments in lexical-functional syntax over the past few decades"--

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Bresnan, Joan (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Malden, MA : Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell, [2015]
Edition:Second edition.
Series:Blackwell textbooks in linguistics.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Lexical-Functional Syntax; Contents; Preface to the First Edition; What is LFG?; How is it different?; What is in this book?; What is not in this book?; How to use this book; Preface to the Second Edition; Acknowledgments; First edition; Second edition; Part I Motivation for the LFG Architecture; Introduction; 1 Nonconfigurationality; Further reading; 2 Movement Paradoxes; 2.1 Theoretical assumptions; Further reading and discussion; 3 Lexicality and Argument Structure; 3.1 Two approaches to passive relation changes; 3.2 The lexicality of relation changes; 3.2.1 English passive verb forms.
  • 3.2.2 Adjectives versus verbs3.2.3 Participle-adjective conversion; 3.2.4 Passive participles convert to adjectives; 3.2.5 Differences between adjectival and verbal passives explained; 3.2.6 Differences between adjectival and verbal passives unexplained; 3.2.7 Conclusion: passivization is lexical; 3.3 Passivization with and without movement; Further reading and discussion; Part II Formally Modeling the Architecture; Introduction; 4 A Formal Model of Syntactic Structure; 4.1 Design principles; 4.1.1 Principle I: variability; 4.1.2 Principle II: universality; 4.1.3 Principle III: monotonicity.
  • 4.2 The definition of f-structures4.3 The description of f-structures; 4.4 The correspondence between c- and f-structures; 4.5 The solution algorithm; Problems; 4.6 Defining versus constraining equations; 4.7 Completeness and coherence; Problems; 4.8 Functional uncertainty; 4.9 Sets of f-structures; 4.10 Conclusion; Further reading; 5 Monotonicity and Some of Its Consequences; 5.1 Monotonicity; 5.2 Relation changes and monotonicity; 5.3 Information and form; 5.3.1 The fragmentability of language; 5.3.2 The nonconfigurationality of language.
  • 5.3.3 Apparent information flow through external structure5.3.4 Noncompositionality; 5.4 Conclusion; Part III Inflectional Morphology and Phrase Structure Variation; Introduction; 6 A Theory of Structure-Function Mappings; 6.1 Grammatical functions; 6.1.1 Basics of grammatical functions; 6.1.2 Classification of grammatical functions; 6.2 The organization of c-structure categories; 6.2.1 Endocentricity and X' structures; 6.2.2 Endocentric mapping to f-structure; Problems; 6.3 Exocentric categories; 6.3.1 Lexocentricity and S; 6.3.2 S and endocentricity; 6.3.3 Nonprojecting words.
  • 6.3.4 Summary of the structure-function principles6.4 Toward a typology; 6.5 Effects of economy of expression; Further reading and discussion; Appendix: X' theory; 7 Endocentricity and Heads; 7.1 Head mobility; 7.1.1 Verb order in Welsh; 7.2 Endocentricity and extended heads; 7.3 Distributed exponence; 7.3.1 Wambaya c-structure; 7.3.2 The Wambaya tense system; 7.4 Conclusion; Problems; Exercise; Verbal elements in English, Swedish, and French; 8 Pronoun Incorporation and Agreement; 8.1 Chicheŵa; 8.1.1 Word order; 8.1.2 Independent pronouns; 8.1.3 Contrastive focus.