- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (31 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 111851792X
- ISBN-13: 978-1118517925
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
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Syntax: A Generative Introduction 3E and the Syntax Workbook Set Paperback – 31 Aug 2012
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Andrew Carnie is Professor of Linguistics and Faculty Director in the Graduate College at the University of Arizona. He specializes in generative syntactic theory with an emphasis on constituency, VSO languages, copular constructions and the Celtic Languages. He is the author of numerous other publications, including Irish Nouns (2008), Constituent Structure (2010), Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics (2011), and Modern Syntax (2011).
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A major drawback is the lack of examples. In order to genuinely understand a syntactic theory you need to know more about the kinds of linguistic phenomena it's based on. And there's more than one unexplained gap in the book - by "gaps" I mean claims that are made without actually being explained. Things that are stated as though they were axioms, even though they have an explanation.
A book without these problems is Hageman's "Government and Binding Theory". As good as this book may be (and it's good), it can't match the 700+ page monster written by Hageman in terms of coverage.
I am using the book as a student in a 600 level Linguistics course. I've never been introduced to Linguistics before, and I find this very clear, concise, and readable. Carnie uses clear and lively examples, and the practice sets are extremely helpful in determining whether I'm grasping concepts. At the end of each chapter there is a summary that contains a glossary of the main ideas and terms in each chapter, and that's been great as a study tool.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this text, and would recommend it to other students.