Minimum of English Grammar, Volume II

By Joseph Galasso
©2013, 288 pages

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    Minimum of English Grammar, Volume II provides comprehensive exploration of Feature Theory Grammar., which breaks down the components of traditional "parts-of-speech" words, allowing for fine-grained analysis. Minimum of English Grammar correlates Feature Theory Grammar to the Periodic Table, tinkering with sub-particles of words to show how isolated features project one phrase over another, and contribute to particular phrasings. The book presents the kind of theoretical syntax that is highly regarded among Chomskyan linguists. Minimum of English Grammar, Volume II is a handbook that gives students with an introductory background in linguistics the opportunity for further analysis and consideration of the finer points of specific linguistic theory. Special attention is given to the articulation of tree structures and analyses. The book includes exercises, giving students the opportunity to apply the concepts discussed.

    Beginning with an examination of tree template structures, the book moves through case theory, phrase expansion, and child language development of structure. Specific topics include:

    • Case Marking and Theta Marking
    • Merge Operations
    • Accusative and Nominative Cases
    • Object Permanence
    • Theory of Mind

    The appendices and glossaries of definitions and abbreviations help students maximize their understanding of the content. The book is an excellent follow-up text to Minimum of English Grammar, Volume I, but can also be used effectively as a stand-alone text.

    A well-respected syntactician in the tradition of Noam Chomsky, Dr. Joseph Galasso has two recent publications on young children’s utterances that postulate the nature of the innate language capability based on actual data: “Small Children’s Sentences are ‘Dead on Arrival’: Remarks on a Minimalist Approach to Early Child Syntax” in Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development and the monograph “From Merge to Move: A Minimalist Perspective on the Design of Language and its Role in Early Child Syntax (LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 59. 238pp. 2016). A follow-up monograph on syntax was published in 2019 entitled “Recursive Syntax: A Minimalist Perspective on Recursion as the Core Property of Human Language and tis Role in the Generative Grammar Enterprise: (with Special Notes on Dual Mechanism Model, Problems of Projection, Proto-language, Recursive Implementation in AI, and the Brain”). His work has appear in The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics (2016) (eds. Jeffrey L. Lidz, William Snyder, and Joe Pater).

    Dr. Galasso is a faculty member in the departments of English and Linguistics at California State University, Northridge, and serves as an adjunct faculty member of linguistics at California State University, Long Beach.
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