Written by a scholar known for his innovative analyses of genetically and typologically varied languages, this comprehensive introduction will not disappoint the student or teacher yearning for a more diverse sampling of languages. At the same time, the discussion is attentive to various competing syntactic formalisms and offers a firm grounding in contemporary linguistic theory along with exposure to a wide range of typological variation. Engaging and logical from beginning to end, it opens with the practical, yet intriguing question, 'How does an Aborigine from central Australia, a Basque from Spain or an inhabitant of the island of Madagascar put a sentence together?' The answer to this deceptively simple question occupies the rest of the book.
Vajda, Edward J., "Review of: An Introduction to Syntax" (2003). Modern & Classical Languages. 29.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Grammar, Comparative and general--Syntax
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Van Valin, Robert D. An introduction to syntax