Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach
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Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach

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This is an introduction to the structure of sentences in human languages. It assumes no prior knowledge of linguistic theory and little of elementary grammar. It will suit students coming to syntactic theory for the first time either as graduates or undergraduates. It will also be useful for those in fields such as computational science, artificial intelligence, or cogniti...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published May 29th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
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AJ ahmary
Core Syntax by David Adger is an interesting book, especially, for those who lack a solid background in syntax theory. It is based on the minimalist approach that is proposed by Noam Chomsky. There are three basic notions on which the author based his Core Syntax: theory, analysis, and data. Therefore, he presents these three significant elements lucidly throughout his textbook.

This textbook has ten chapters. In the first chapter, the author introduces some main concepts of linguistics. Then, in...more
Hamideh Mohammadi
Good book to start learning about generative grammar. Only for starters; not professionals.
Apr 19, 2013 Rachel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rachel by: professors
This book might be too ambitious for most people: it tries to teach the basics of syntax and theory-building all at once, and it wasn't entirely successful with either. Adger does not always explain concepts adequately or clearly, and I found it much more difficult to learn the material without a professor to explain exactly what was going on.
May 25, 2008 André rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to André by: Gereon Müller
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I really dislike Syntax and this book didn't change my attitude. It wasn't that badly written, but I don't think it was particularly easy either... I'd also like to add that I own this book as a copy, not as the book itself.
Nathan Glenn
Great content, but easy to get lost. This will definitely require 3-10 reads to be well understood by me.
A little harder of read for just a simple review, however I found it interesting and helpful.
It's not the worst textbook I've had for linguistics, and I've had some bad ones.
Xiaozhou Zhang
A good introduction to Minimalism, but confusing now and then.
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