Contents ix 9 realisticgrammar 201 91 introduction 201 92 thegrammarsofar 202 93 constraint basedlexicalism 218 94 incrementalprocessing 219. Syntactic theory a formal introduction is unlike any other introductory textbook on the market it marks a return to generative grammar in its original sense this book focuses on the development of precisely formulated grammars whose empirical predictions can be directly tested. This textbook provides a comprehensive balanced introduction to syntactic theory the author shows how the diversity of syntactic theories which at first seems confusing can be approached by examining how each deals with conflicting data. Syntactic theory sets a new standard for introductory syntax volumes that all future books should be measured against gert webelhuth journal of linguistics 37 p 261 2001 syntactic theory is without a doubt the best available introduction to unification based syntactic theory
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