Analysing English Sentences provides a concise and clear
introduction to current work in syntactic theory, drawing on the
key concepts of Chomsky's Minimalist Program. Assuming little
or no prior knowledge of syntax or minimalism, Radford outlines the
core concepts and leading ideas and how they can be used to
describe various aspects of the syntax of English. A diverse range
of topics is covered, including syntactic structure, null
constituents, head movement, case and agreement and split
projections. Using Radford's trademark approach and writing
style, the book is intensive and progressive in nature, introducing
grammatical concepts and working in stages towards more complex
Andrew Radford is Professor and Head of Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. His recent publications include Minimalist Syntax: Exploring the Structure of English (Cambridge, 2004) and English Syntax: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2004).
1. Grammar; 2. Structure; 3. Null constituents; 4. Head movement; 5. Wh-movement; 6. A-movement; 7. Agreement, case and movement; 8. Split projections; 9. Phases.