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by Maggie Tallerman

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ISBN:
0340700009
Author:
Maggie Tallerman
Category:
Words Language & Grammar
Language:
English
Publisher:
Routledge; 1 edition (October 2, 1998)
Pages:
240 pages
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Rating:
4.1
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It is one of the most versatile textbooks I have ever encountered: it provides a solid basis in syntactic typology and theory in a friendly and informal style that works very well for students with no background in linguistics, while also being an eye-opener for students who have studied some syntax but are aware only of patterns and categories that are familiar.

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Assuming no prior knowledge, Understanding Syntax illustrates the major . Maggie Tallerman is Professor of Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK.

Assuming no prior knowledge, Understanding Syntax illustrates the major concepts, categories and terminology associated with the study of cross-linguistic syntax. A theory-neutral and descriptive viewpoint is taken throughout.

Understanding Syntax book. Tallerman is a go-to by a lot of Syntax lecturers

Understanding Syntax book. Tallerman is a go-to by a lot of Syntax lecturers.

The author introduces students to the main categories, constructions, terminology and problems associated with syntax, in order to provide a basis from which students can proceed to more advanced work using one or other of the major theories. By discussing basic concepts, students are given a thorough introduction to the subject, not usually found in other textbooks about syntax.
  • Yozshujinn
Good book for students with little background in linguistics, besides the basic "intro to linguistics" class, and maybe even without it. I think the appeal of this book in on its use of several examples from languages around the world, and a down-to-Earth presentation of the main notions in syntactic argumentation. It is not a book that presents any theoretical framework in particular (or in general), but you can tell it assumes some basics tenets of Generative Linguistics, like innatism, independence of syntax from semantics and pragmatics, and discretely defined grammatical categories. However, those are, by and large, mainstream ideas that every students must know. Besides that, it is not theoretically "heavy", and that is a plus to me when offering a general class to inform students about the core notions and debates on a field of knowledge. Specialization can come later, when the foundations have been provided, and this books does that job just right.
  • Ylal
It is a good introduction to linguistics, however this book doesn't necessarily focus on syntax. It explains how languages work. What it isn't is an overview of syntax from phrase structure rules, through Xbar theory, to minimalism.

Having bought the excellent Understanding Pragmatics book (in this same series) to fill in large gaps in my knowledge of that subject, I bought this book hoping to refresh my knowledge of Xbar and especially subsequent movements in syntax.
  • Fog
If you're looking for a good introduction to syntax, this is a wonderful book for that purpose. Tallerman's prose is clear and understandable and the examples clearly explain the concepts. The book is organized well and both indices and contents pages do their jobs well, something I've found rare in many textbooks.
The questions, however, can sometimes be quirky. The data can be minimal in the extreme and instead the question itself leads the student to the answer. This can make the questions seem just a rehash of the chapter instead of exercises that develop the student's skills. Depending on the professor, it can leave students unprepared for tests and quizzes. These quirks are rare, though, and most exercises help the student well enough.
I'd recommend this book for those learning syntax on their own or for really basic courses in syntax. This isn't really a graduate level book by itself, although with supplements or another more advanced text it is a great way to introduce students to syntax before moving on to the harder stuff later on in the semester.