Monday, March 19, 2012

(Not So) Random Linguistics Definitions Beginning with the Letter "X"

There are not too many words or concepts in the study of linguistics that begin with the letter "X"; thus I am unable to present a brief list to go along with the current series of definitions. Without a doubt, the most important to theoretical linguistics is "X-Bar Theory".

The above x-bar structure images are from the Linguistics Department at Bucknell University. There are also online lecture notes about syntactic structure at this Bucknell link. These notes provide a brief but clear description of heads, specifiers, complements and adjuncts.

For a more detailed look at syntax and X-Bar Theory, I highly recommend "The syntax of natural language: An online introduction using the Trees program" by Beatrice Santorini and Anthony Kroch of the University of Pennsylvania.

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