This textbook, like all textbooks, was born of necessity. When I went looking
for a suitable textbook for my course on Lexical-Functional Grammar at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I discovered that there wasn’t one. So I
decided to write one, based on my lecture notes. The writing accelerated
when, while I was on sabbatical at Stanford University (August 1999–
February 2000), Dikran Karagueuzian of CSLI Publications expressed
interest in publishing it.