© 1982

The Nature of Syntactic Representation

  • Pauline Jacobson
  • Geoffrey K. Pullum

Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Avery D. Andrews
    Pages 1-33
  3. Emmon Bach
    Pages 35-57
  4. Robin Cooper
    Pages 59-77
  5. Gerald Gazdar
    Pages 131-186
  6. Pauline Jacobson
    Pages 187-228
  7. Joan Maling, Annie Zaenen
    Pages 229-282
  8. Paul M. Postal
    Pages 341-425
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 467-481

About this book


The work collected in this book represents the results of some intensive recent work on the syntax of natural languages. The authors' differing viewpoints have in common the program of revising current conceptions of syntactic representation so that the role of transformational derivations is reduced or eliminated. The fact that the papers cross-refer to each other a good deal, and that authors assuming quite different fram{:works are aware of each other's results and address themselves to shared problems, is partly the result of a conference on the nature of syntactic representation that was held at Brown University in May 1979 with the express purpose of bringing together different lines of research in syntax. The papers in this volume mostly arise out of work that was presented in preliminary form at that conference, though much rewriting and further research has been done in the interim period. Two papers are included because although they were not given even in preliminary form at the conference, it has become clear since then that they interrelate with the work of the conference so much that they cannot reasonably be left out: Gerald Gazdar's statement of his program for phrase structure description of natural language forms the theoretical basis that is assumed by Maling and Zaenen and by Sag, and David Dowty's paper represents a bridge between the relational grammar exemplified here in the papers by Perlmutter and Postal on the one hand and the Montague­


Jacobson Pullum Syntax grammar natural language representation semantic semantics subject syntactic

Editors and affiliations

  • Pauline Jacobson
    • 1
  • Geoffrey K. Pullum
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of LinguisticsBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Cowell CollegeUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Nature of Syntactic Representation
  • Editors Pauline Jacobson
    G.K. Pullum
  • Series Title Synthese Language Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1289-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1290-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-7707-5
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 481
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Grammar
    Philosophy of Language
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