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1. Introduction There are three main reasons why Professor Szwedek's review of my book Aspects of the grammar of syntax. A minimalist view calls for a detailed and principled reply. First, it aims at undermining my academic reputation by raising the accusation of improper academic practice in ignoring earlier research on the same topic. Second, it offers a long list of rather demeaning commentaries on my treatment of linguistic data. Third, it totally rejects and caustically repudiates the theoretical framework adopted in the book. These three are the major motifs of Szwedek's criticism throughout the whole article, though the list of sins I should confess to according to the reviewer is much longer. The overall impression of the review, despite its extremely selective approach, is that the whole book is unacceptable academic work, a conclusion deemed to be enhanced by occasional confrontation of my proposals with the reviewer's own illuminating findings from his previous work.