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Offline musicboy

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Textbook Minimalist Syntax
« on: December 02, 2014, 11:38:55 AM »
So, I have a really solid understanding of G&B theory. Now I'd like to continue with minimalism  :D

I read David Adger's "Core Syntax" and I grasp the common concepts of minimalism but I was hesitant to deal with the details. From what I understood Adger presents his own theories (e.g. for feature checking) which aren't necessarily communis opinio.

Can anyone suggest a good textbook where all aspects of minimalist syntax are explained using the most commonly accepted model, or where there is none yet, give an overview of the different approaches?

I've heard of Cedric Boeckx' "Linguistic Minimalism. Origins, Concepts, Methods and Aims" as well as "Understanding Minimalism" by Hornstein et al. Oh, and "A Course in Minimalist Syntax" by Lasnik et al. (incl. Boeckx again). Are any of these textbooks recommendable?

Thanks in advance  :)

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Re: Textbook Minimalist Syntax
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 04:28:30 PM »
Try Radford

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Re: Textbook Minimalist Syntax
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014, 07:05:11 PM »
All I'd add is that whatever book you pick, take a look at it on Google Books (or at the table of contents elsewhere, etc.) and check whether it fits your expectations in terms of balance between actual teaching and application of the theory ("How do I draw a tree of....") and abstract theoretical philosophy (thought experiments, hypotheticals, suggestions, etc.). Most of the "textbooks" and other work in Minimalism I've seen tends toward the abstract and isn't all that clear as an introductory textbook. Instead, a lot of the work is generally cutting-edge, making many speculative suggestions along the while while trying to explain things. It's tricky. So depending on what you're looking for (cutting-edge and philosophical or precise and practical) keep that in mind :)
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