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Title: English Syntax and Argumentation
Written By: Bas Aarts
Series Title: PALGRAVE MODERN LINGUISTICS SERIES
Description:

REVIEWS OF THE FIRST EDITION: 'This introductory textbook offers a solid exposition of the foundational topics required for the investigation and study of English sentence structure ... it is clearly written in an accessible style.' - Language 'An ideal introduction to syntax.' - The Year's Work in English Studies

ABOUT THE BOOK

A lucid textbook on syntax which gives students a thorough grounding in the basics of sentence structure while acquainting them with the essentials of syntactic argument. The text is written in a user-friendly style, and progresses through a range of relevant topics of increasing difficulty from the building blocks of language - words and phrases - to constituency and argumentation. This new edition is completely revised with the chapter on X-bar syntax now split in two to give greater prominence to clauses. It also contains many new exercises, which are now graded in terms of level of difficulty. Each chapter has a section on suggested further reading material, and there is a bibliography and list of recommended reference works for students to explore the subject further.

CONTENTS
Preface
PART ONE: FUNCTION AND FORM
Introduction
Functions
The Building Blocks of Language: Words, Word Classes and Phrases
The Building Blocks of Language: Clauses and Sentences
The Function-Form Interface
PART TWO: ELABORATION
Predicates, Arguments and Thematic Roles
Cross-Categorial Generalisations: X'-Syntax
More on Clauses
Movement
PART THREE: ARGUMENTATION
Syntactic Argumentation
Constituency: Movement and Substitution
Constituency: Some Additional Tests
Predicates and Arguments Revisited
PART FOUR: APPLICATION
Case Studies
Glossary
Reference Works: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Grammars Bibliography
Index

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN: 0333949870
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Pages: 336
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