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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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Jan 03, 2012 AJ A rated it liked it
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
Jun 15, 2016 Verena rated it liked it
This book was taught to me in my undergraduate linguistics class and as far as my interest in syntax goes it was way to much to even comprehend. I can only tell from my experience but it is definitely not suited for beginners in this field of studies. There are a lot of examples from sometimes rather exotic languages and the variety of contradictions was confusing. At least it contains summaries of every chapter to convey the general ideas. If studied in detail and with due diligence, the book c ...more
Hamideh Mohammadi
Jan 16, 2014 Hamideh Mohammadi rated it liked it
Shelves: language, linguistics
Good book to start learning about generative grammar. Only for starters; not professionals.
Apr 19, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
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 it was ok
Recommended to André by: Gereon Müller
Shelves: linguistics
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
May 06, 2013 Nathan Glenn rated it really liked it
Great content, but easy to get lost. This will definitely require 3-10 reads to be well understood by me.
Jul 30, 2011 Moose rated it liked it
A little harder of read for just a simple review, however I found it interesting and helpful.
Dec 04, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: linguistics
It's not the worst textbook I've had for linguistics, and I've had some bad ones.
Xiaozhou Zhang
Jun 29, 2013 Xiaozhou Zhang rated it liked it
A good introduction to Minimalism, but confusing now and then.
People say my name should be Jeff
Great intro to Minimalism.
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