The Oxford Reference Guide to Lexical Functional Grammar

ISBN : 9780198733300

Mary Dalrymple; John J. Lowe; Louise Mycock
800 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jun 2019
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  • Offers comprehensive coverage of syntax, semantics, morphology, prosody, and information structure in the LFG framework
  • Provides clear step-by-step exemplification of complex syntactic and semantic analyses
  • Applies the framework to the syntax and semantics of a range of key linguistic phenomena


This volume is the most comprehensive reference work to date on Lexical Functional Grammar. The authors provide detailed and extensive coverage of the analysis of syntax, semantics, morphology, prosody, and information structure, and how these aspects of linguistic structure interact in the nontransformational framework of LFG. 
The book is divided into three parts. The first part examines the syntactic theory and formal architecture of LFG, with detailed explanations and comprehensive illustration, providing an unparalleled introduction to the fundamentals of the theory. Part two explores non-syntactic levels of linguistic structure, including the syntax-semantics interface and semantic representation, argument structure, information structure, prosodic structure, and morphological structure, and how these are related in the projection architecture of LFG. Chapters in the third part illustrate the theory more explicitly by presenting explorations of the syntax and semantics of a range of representative linguistic phenomena: modification, anaphora, control, coordination, and long-distance dependencies. The final chapter discusses LFG-based work not covered elsewhere in the book, as well as new developments in the theory.
The volume will be an invaluable reference for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and researchers in a wide range of linguistic sub-fields, including syntax, morphology, semantics, information structure, and prosody, as well as those working in language documentation and description.

1: Background and theoretical assumptions

Part I: Syntax
2: Functional structure
3: Constituent structure
4: Syntactic correspondences
5: Describing syntactic structures
6: Syntactic relations and syntactic constraints

Part II: Beyond Syntactic Structures
7: Beyond C-structure and F-structure: Linguistic representations and relations
8: Meaning and semantic composition
9: Argument structure and mapping theory
10: Information structure
11: Prosodic structure
12: The interface to morphology

Part III: Phenomena
13: Modification
14: Anaphora
15: Functional and anaphoric control
16: Coordination
17: Long-distance dependencies
18: Related research threads and new directions


About the author: 

Mary Dalrymple is Professor of Syntax in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford. Her work explores issues in syntax, semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface. Her many publications include Lexical Functional Grammar(Academic Press, 2001), and, with Irina Nikolaeva, Objects and Information Structure(CUP, 2011).
John J. Lowe is a Departmental Lecturer in Syntax and in Indo-Iranian Philology in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford. He has worked widely in the areas of formal syntax and the syntax of Sanskrit and Indo-Iranian languages. He is the author of two OUP monographs, Participles in Rigvedic Sanskrit(2015) and Transitive Nouns and Adjectives: Evidence from Early Indo-Aryan (2017).
Louise Mycock is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford. Her principal research interests are in syntax and syntactic theory, information structure, typology, and linguistic interfaces and interface phenomena, and her work has appeared in journals including English Language and Linguistics and Transactions of the Philological Society.

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