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The Syntax Construction Kit

The Syntax Construction Kit

By: Mary Rosenfelder

An accessible but incisive introduction to modern syntax and generative grammar, for conlangers and anyone interested in languages or linguistics.

Syntax can be frustrating, because there are multiple schools that seem to fight over inessential things. I hope I can show you that this is normal for a new field, and that it actually makes syntax fun. New discoveries are being made, and you can participate— something that’s a lot harder to do in, say, quantum mechanics. The emphasis here is on doing syntax– learning how to make and how to evaluate syntactic arguments.