This is a textbook introduction to the Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) syntactic framework. that would be accessible to any linguist with a general fThis is a textbook introduction to the Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) syntactic framework. that would be accessible to any linguist with a general familiarity with syntactic theory. It introduces the formalism and shows how it can be applied to standard syntacitic phenomena such as binding and control. There is a relatively short set of problems at the back of the book--enough for a reader to check their own understanding, though probably not enough to base a class around. The exposition is clear. This is the best book I've seen for teaching yourself LFG.
Mary Dalrymple's Lexical-Functional Grammar is another good LFG book that covers much of the same terrain. Unlike Bresnan's book, it is not a textbook, so there are no problem sets, and there is a greater emphasis on describing the syntactic phenomena that motivated the creation of LFG.
An interesting companion would be Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction, a textbook about Head-Driven Phase Structure Grammar (HPSG). Though HPSG and LFG employ different formal mechanisms, they share many of the same design philosophies, so a comparison is illuminating. ...more
This is the standard textbook for learning Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). If you're interested in a formally rigorous (in the mathematicThis is the standard textbook for learning Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). If you're interested in a formally rigorous (in the mathematical sense) syntactic framework that it is possible to implement on a computer, HPSG is a good place to start. The exposition proceeds incrementally, with successive chapters elaborating on a grammar of English. There are exercises at the end of chapter which make the book suitable for an upper-level undergraduate/graduate course.
(Full disclosure: one of the authors is my PhD adviser.)...more