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LINGUIST List 20.959

Wed Mar 18 2009

Books: Semantics/Syntax: Awbery

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Syntax of Welsh: Awbery

Message 1: The Syntax of Welsh: Awbery
Date: 18-Mar-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Syntax of Welsh: Awbery
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Title: The Syntax of Welsh
Subtitle: A Transformational Study of the Passive
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 18
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: G. M. Awbery
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521102599 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 18.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521102599 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Abstract:

This is a full-length study of a Celtic language from the standpoint of
modern linguistic theory. Dr Awbery particularly discusses a topic - the
passive form of the verb - which has itself been of central interest in
previous work on transformational grammar. She is thus able to test certain
tenets of transformational theory against data from a previously
unconsidered language. The results are significant, and argue clearly for a
separation of syntactic and semantic analysis; constructions which are
related syntactically are shown to have no necessary semantic relation, and
the type of description which can reveal one set of relationships is not
able to reveal the other. The book is therefore a contribution both to
linguistic theory and to the study of the Welsh language. Each step in the
argument is carefully explained and documented, and no prior knowledge of
Welsh is assumed.

1. Active sentences; 2. Passive sentences; 3. More Passives; 4.
Restrictions on the passive; 5. Other agent transformations; 6. A deep
structure agent phrase?; 7. Conclusions.


Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Welsh (cym)

Written In: English (eng )

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