Minimum of English Grammar, Volume II

By Joseph Galasso
Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60927-551-8 ©2013
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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.

    Joseph Galasso is on both the English and Linguistics Faculty at California State University, Northridge and serves as an Adjunct Faculty of Linguistics at California State University, Long Beach. He has written one book on Child Language Acquisition, The Acquisition of Functional Categories (IULC Publications, 2003) and has written several papers on topics related to early child syntax. He is often invited to lecture as well as to edit chapters of textbooks related to linguistics and child language acquisition. Joseph Galasso holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Essex (1999).
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