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date: 25 August 2019

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This chapter surveys theoretical approaches to Persian syntax, with an emphasis on more recent work. It begins with a brief discussion of what constitutes a theoretical, as opposed to descriptive, approach, and proceeds with a look at Linguistic Typology, Construction Grammar, and Cognitive, Functionalist, and Corpus approaches. At the end of the chapter, formal approaches such as RRG, HPSG, and LFG are touched upon as well as formal generative work prior to Minimalism, which is covered in the previous chapter. The discussion in each case is intended to showcase the way in which aspects of Persian syntax have been addressed. The advantages to considering Persian both in a historical context and within the family of other Iranian languages is highlighted, and a number of distinctive constructions within the language are discussed in light of how they have been treated within the literature.

Keywords: theoretical approaches, linguistic typology, construction grammar, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, generative grammar

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