In this brief essay I explore how X-bar syntax, the module in the theory of grammar that defines the head-complement relation in particular languages, may be used as an effective pedagogical tool when teaching college students encountering the theory of grammar for the first time. In particular, I pursue two distinct but interrelated objectives: (i) to show that X-bar theory, within its limits, can be used to teach such students the empirical nature of the study of constituent structure in an optimally simple way, and (ii) to propose a variant of X-bar theory that could supplement any English pedagogical grammar that already uses the syntactic categories of NP, VP, AP, and PP to represent and define constituent structure and functions.
Torres, Hector A.. "X-bar Syntax in a Pedagogical Setting." (1994). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_fsp/12