© 1991

Views on Phrase Structure

  • Katherine Leffel
  • Denis Bouchard

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Katherine Leffel, Denis Bouchard
    Pages 1-19
  3. Tim Stowell
    Pages 37-56
  4. Mireille Tremblay
    Pages 57-81
  5. Eric Hoekstra
    Pages 83-95
  6. Susan Rothstein
    Pages 97-112
  7. Katherine Leffel
    Pages 113-135
  8. Eithne Guilfoyle
    Pages 137-156
  9. Susan Rustick
    Pages 157-175
  10. Stephen Wechsler
    Pages 177-191
  11. Steven P. Abney
    Pages 215-227
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 229-244

About this book


O. PRELIMINARY REMARKS Initial drafts of the papers in this collection were presented in a con­ ference entitled 'Views on Phrase Structure', held at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in March, 1989. Eleven of the twenty-three partici­ pants in the conference were able to contribute to this volume. The purpose of the conference was to explore theories of phrase structure in their relation to other subsystems of grammar and/or systems of nonlinguistic knowledge. Some of the grammatical subsystems which the authors consider are theta-theory, movement, Case, and binding; a number of papers address how the conceptual system and/or aspects of language use may interact. Unifying the various approaches and perspectives is an attempt to furnish hypotheses concerning prin­ ciples of phrase structure with some sort of independent justification. 1. PHRASE STRUCTURE THEORY: A BRIEF HISTORY A basic outline for a theory of phrase structure theory is accepted by all of the authors here; it is known as 'X-bar theory'. The concepts of X-bar theory are expressed in some form by a number of pre-generative linguists. For example, Bloomfield (1933) contrasted endocentric struc­ tures such as noun phrases and verb phrases with those he considered exocentric, e. g. prepositional phrases and clauses. Jespersen (1933), while presenting a functional system of description (in terms of 'ranks', where rank one is 'nominal', for example), clarified the relations among the head of a phrase, its modifier, and a phrase which modifies the modifier.


Affix Index Syntax Verb determiners passive subject syntactic

Editors and affiliations

  • Katherine Leffel
    • 1
  • Denis Bouchard
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of EnglishUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of LinguisticsUniversité du Québec à MontréalCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Views on Phrase Structure
  • Editors K. Leffel
    Denis Bouchard
  • Series Title Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1295-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5409-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-3196-4
  • Series ISSN 0924-4670
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages V, 244
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Grammar
    Theoretical Linguistics
    Computational Linguistics
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