Cedric Boeckx focuses on two core components of grammar: phrase structure and locality. He argues that the domains which render syntactic processes local (such as islands, bounding nodes, barriers, and phases in all their cartographic manifestations) are better understood once reduced to, or combined with, the basic syntactic operation, Merge, and its core representation, the X-bar schema. In a detailed examination of the mechanism of phrasal projection or labelling he shows that viewing chains
as X-bar phrases allows conditions on chain formation or movement to be captured.
Clearly argued, accessibly written, and illustrated with examples from a wide range of languages, Bare Syntax will appeal to linguists and others interested in syntactic theory at graduate level and above. - ;There is no working syntactician like Boeckx. He can take a very simple theoretically important idea and use his encyclopedic knowledge of grammatical phenomena from an apparently endless number of languages to empirically elaborate its consequences in fascinating detail. In this important book, he develops an analogy between chains and projections and considers its theoretical consequences in a minimalist setting. He then shows how these rich ideas can be used to rationalize the
cartographic enterprise. It is a great book and will, I believe, change how we think of these issues hereon in. - Norbert Hornstein, Professor of Linguistics, University of Maryland;...brilliant book...Anyone who is interested in generative biolinguistics should read this book: it clearly presents how a working syntactician approaches concrete empirical problems under minimalist guidelines. - Naoki Fukui