Where most syntax texts and readers provide a broad introduction to the components of a particular theory, The Grammar of Raising and Control: A Course in Syntactic Argumentation uses a particular class of grammatical constructions as a means of examining the evolution of syntactic theory since the 1960s. A distillation of a very successful graduate course in syntax, this book focuses primarily on raising-to-object structures, but does not fail to consider control constructions, as well as data from a wide variety of languages. The volume includes excerpts from six important works that allow students to familiarize themselves with the original literature while also providing discussion of the theoretical contexts in which they were written.
William D. Davies is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Iowa and is author of Choctaw Verb Agreement and Universal Grammar (1986). Stanley Dubinsky is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. He is co-editor of Objects and Other Subjects: Grammatical Functions, Functional Categories, and Configurationality (with William D. Davies, 2001).