Introduction to Generative Syntax

Author: Muteb Alqarni
Introduction to Generative Syntax provides the student with a comprehensive overview of all major developments in generative syntax since its inception in the 1950s and until the present time. In 250 units, topics commonly encountered in the study of syntax are presented in an accessible and straightforward manner suitable for both students and casual readers. Covered theories and topics include Phrase Structure Rules, X'-Theory, Transformational Grammar, Theta Theory, Government and Binding Theory, Raising and Control, Movement Constraints, Split Projections, the Minimalist Program, and many others.

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Muteb A. Alqarni is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the College of Science and Arts (Tanuma), King Khalid University, Abha (Saudi Arabia). He received his MA in Linguistics from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) in 2011 and his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Florida (Gainesville) in 2015.
Acknowledgements
To the Teacher

Part 1 Lexicon



Unit 1 Language I

Unit 2 Language II

Unit 3 Grammaticality I

Unit 4 Grammaticality II

Unit 5 Lexical vs. Functional Categories

Unit 6 Lexical Categories

Unit 7 Functional Categories

Unit 8 Categorization I

Unit 9 Categorization II

Unit 10 Categorization III

Unit 11 Categorization IV

Unit 12 Categorization V

Unit 13 Categorization VI

Unit 14 Categorization VII

Unit 15 Categorization VIII

Part 2 Phrase Structure



Unit 16 Heads

Unit 17 Specifiers

Unit 18 Complements

Unit 19 Complement Selection I

Unit 20 Complement Selection II

Unit 21 Adjunct I

Unit 22 Adjunct II

Unit 23 Summary

Unit 24 Constituency

Unit 25 Stand-Alone Test

Unit 26 Substitution Test

Unit 27 Displacement Test

Unit 28 Coordination Test

Part 3 Phrase Structure Rules



Unit 29 Basics I

Unit 30 Basics II

Unit 31 Noun Phrase I

Unit 32 Noun Phrase II

Unit 33 Random Phrases

Unit 34 Verb Phrase I

Unit 35 Verb Phrase II

Unit 36 Sentence I

Unit 37 Sentence II

Unit 38 Complementizer

Unit 39 Conjunction

Unit 40 Adjunction

Unit 41 Summary I

Unit 42 Summary II

Part 4 Tree Structure



Unit 43 Representation

Unit 44 Nodes and Branches

Unit 45 Dominance

Unit 46 Precedence

Unit 47 Noun Phrases

Unit 48 Random Phrases

Unit 49 Verb Phrases

Unit 50 Sentences

Unit 51 Complementizer Phrases

Unit 52 Conjunction Phrases

Unit 53 Adjoined Phrases

Unit 54 Tree Drawing I

Unit 55 Tree Drawing II

Unit 56 Tree Drawing III

Unit 57 Ambiguity

Part 5 X-Bar Theory



Unit 58 Motivation I

Unit 59 Motivation II

Unit 60 Motivation III

Unit 61 Motivation IV

Unit 62 Motivation V

Unit 63 Motivation VI

Unit 64 Motivation VII

Unit 65 Motivation VIII

Unit 66 Motivation IX

Unit 67 Representation I

Unit 68 Representation II

Unit 69 Representation III

Unit 70 NP, AP, PP, AdvP, VP

Unit 71 TP and CP

Unit 72 Adjunction Rules I

Unit 73 Adjunction Rules II

Unit 74 Determiner Phrase I

Unit 75 Determiner Phrase II

Unit 76 Determiner Phrase III

Unit 77 Determiner Phrase IV

Unit 78 Determiner Phrase V

Unit 79 Determiner Phrase VI

Unit 80 Determiner Phrase VII

Unit 81 Complementizer Phrase I

Unit 82 Complementizer Phrase II

Unit 83 Complementizer Phrase III

Unit 84 Auxiliaries and Modals I

Unit 85 Auxiliaries and Modals II

Part 6 Transformations



Unit 86 Yes/No Questions I

Unit 87 Yes/No Questions II

Unit 88 Yes/No Questions III

Unit 89 Yes/No Questions IV

Unit 90 Yes/No Questions V

Unit 91 Yes/No Questions VI

Unit 92 Principles I

Unit 93 Principles II

Unit 94 Principles III

Unit 95 Principles IV

Unit 96 Principles V

Unit 97 Principles VI

Unit 98 Negation Movement I

Unit 99 Negation Movement II

Unit 100 Verb Movement I

Unit 101 Verb Movement II

Unit 102 Tense Markers I

Unit 103 Tense Markers II

Unit 104 Affix Hopping I

Unit 105 Affix Hopping II

Unit 106 Wh-Questions I

Unit 107 Wh-Questions II

Unit 108 Wh-Questions III

Unit 109 Wh-Questions IV

Unit 110 Wh-Questions V

Unit 111 Wh-Questions VI

Unit 112 Wh-Questions VII

Unit 113 Adjunction Revisited I

Unit 114 Adjunction Revisited II

Unit 115 Topicalization I

Unit 116 Topicalization II

Part 7 Theta Theory



Unit 117 Thematic Roles I

Unit 118 Thematic Roles II

Unit 119 Thematic Roles III

Unit 120 Thematic Roles IV

Unit 121 Thematic Roles V

Unit 122 Thematic Roles VI

Unit 123 Thematic Roles VII

Unit 124 Thematic Roles VIII

Unit 125 Subject Condition I

Unit 126 Subject Condition II

Unit 127 Subject Condition III

Unit 128 Subject Condition IV

Unit 129 Subject Condition V

Unit 130 Subject Condition VI

Unit 131 Subject Condition VII

Unit 132 Passive I

Unit 133 Passive II

Unit 134 Passive III

Unit 135 A- and A′-movement I

Unit 136 A- and A′-movement II

Unit 137 Summary

Part 8 Constraints on Movements



Unit 138 PBC I

Unit 139 PBC II

Unit 140 PBC III

Unit 141 Locality I

Unit 142 Locality II

Unit 143 Subjacency I

Unit 144 Subjacency II

Unit 145 Islands I

Unit 146 Islands II

Unit 147 Islands III

Unit 148 Islands IV

Unit 149 Islands V

Unit 150 Islands VI

Unit 151 Summary

Part 9 Government and Binding Theory



Unit 152 Case Markers I

Unit 153 Case Markers II

Unit 154 Case Markers III

Unit 155 Case Assignment I

Unit 156 Case Assignment II

Unit 157 Case Assignment III

Unit 158 Case Assignment IV

Unit 159 Case Checking I

Unit 160 Case Checking II

Unit 161 Exceptional Case Marking I

Unit 162 Exceptional Case Marking II

Unit 163 Exceptional Case Marking III

Unit 164 Exceptional Case Marking IV

Unit 165 Exceptional Case Marking V

Unit 166 Exceptional Case Marking VI

Unit 167 Exceptional Case Marking VII

Unit 168 Unaccusative I

Unit 169 Unaccusative II

Unit 170 Unaccusative III

Unit 171 Binding Theory I

Unit 172 Binding Theory II

Unit 173 Binding Theory III

Unit 174 Binding Theory IV

Unit 175 Binding Theory V

Unit 176 Binding Theory VI

Part 10 Advanced Topics



Unit 177 Raising I

Unit 178 Raising II

Unit 179 Raising III

Unit 180 Raising IV

Unit 181 Raising V

Unit 182 Raising VI

Unit 183 Control Theory I

Unit 184 Control Theory II

Unit 185 Control Theory III

Unit 186 Control Theory IV

Unit 187 Control Theory V

Unit 188 Control Theory VI

Unit 189 Control Theory VII

Unit 190 Control Theory VIII

Unit 191 Control Theory IX

Unit 192 Control Theory X

Unit 193 Control Theory XI

Unit 194 Control Theory XII

Unit 195 Control Theory XIII

Unit 196 Raising vs. Control I

Unit 197 Raising vs. Control II

Unit 198 ECM vs. Control I

Unit 199 ECM vs. Control II

Part 11 Split Projections



Unit 200 Split DP Hypothesis I
This comprehensive textbook is meant students of all levels and is suitable for classroom use as well as self-study.