Syntactic Theory

Reading List for the Subfield Syntactic Theory.

Traditional Grammar

  • Aarts, Bas (2001): English Syntax and Argumentation (2nd ed.). Palgrave.

  • Huddleston, Rodney and Geoffrey K. Pullum (2002): The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Huddleston, Rodney and Geoffrey K. Pullum (2005): A Student's Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Kaplan, Jeffrey P. (1989): English Grammar - Principles and Facts (2nd edition). New Jersey.

Government and Binding / Minimalism

Basic or Introductory Texts


  • Black, Cheryl A. 1996. A step-by-step introduction to Government and Binding Theory of Syntax.‭ Notes on Linguistics 73: 5-12. (online article: Black: A Step-by-Step Introduction to GB )

  • Haegeman, Liliane (1994): Introduction to Government and Binding Theory (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Blackwell.

  • Haegeman, Liliane; Gueron, Jaqueline (1999): English Grammar. A Generative Perspective. Cambridge: Blackwell.


  • Radford, Andrew (2004): English Syntax: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Hornstein, Norbert; Nunes, Jairo; Grohmann, Kleanthes K. (2005): Understanding Minimalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Additional Texts or further Reading

  • Chomsky, Noam (1993): Lectures on Government and Binding. The Pisa Lectures (7th ed.). New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

  • Halle, Morris & Alec Marantz. (1993): 'Distributed Morphology and the Pieces of Inflection.' In: The View from Building 20, ed. Kenneth Hale and S. Jay Keyser. MIT Press, Cambridge, 111-176.

Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar

Basic Texts

  • Kim, Jong-Bok and Peter Sells (2008): English Syntax: An Introduction, CSLI.

  • Müller, Stefan: Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar - Eine Einführung, Stauffenburg Verlag (2007)

  • Sag, Ivan A., Thomas Wasow and Emily Bender (2003): Syntactic Theory. A Formal Introduction. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
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Additional Texts

  • Klenk, Ursula: Generative Syntax, Gunter Narr Verlag, Tübingen (2003)

  • Pollard, Carl and Ivan A. Sag (1994): Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

Sites with downloadable papers on current HPSG research (for more consult the HPSG links)