Andrew Radford is a British linguist known for his work in syntax and child language acquisition. His first important contribution to the field was a book on Italian syntax. He has since published several books on syntax within the framework of generative grammar and the Minimalist Program of Noam Chomsky , a number of which have appeared in the series Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. In the s, Radford was a pioneer of the maturation-based structure building model of child language, and the acquisition of functional categories in early child English within the Principles and Parameters framework,   in which children are seen as gradually building up more and more complex structures, with lexical categories like noun and verb being acquired before functional- syntactic categories like determiner and complementiser : this research resulted in the publication of a monograph on Syntactic Theory and the Acquisition of English Syntax in , and numerous articles on the acquisition of syntax by monolingual, bilingual and language-disordered children. Since , Radford has researched the syntax of colloquial English , using data recorded from unscripted radio and TV broadcasts. He produced a research monograph on this, and a number of articles, and is preparing a follow-up research monograph on the syntax of relative clauses in colloquial English.
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Numerous and frequently-updated resource results are available from this WorldCat. Andrew Radford's textbook is principally for students with little or no background in syntax who need an introduction to contemporary work on transformational grammar. It covers four main topics - the goals of linguistic theory, syntactic structure, the nature and role of the lexicon, and the function of transformations and the principles governing their application.
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Transformational grammar : a first course