Review of the First Edition:
'A slim and useful student textbook for English Syntax. Although most of
the examples are from English, the book introduces general concepts which
provide the necessary tools for a basic syntactic analysis of any language.
The book concentrates on topics that will remain useful to the student who
does not go on to study linguistics but, say, literature or EFL teaching.'
- The Year's Work in English Studies
In this revised and fully updated new edition of his popular textbook, Jim
Miller discusses the central concepts of syntax which are applied in a wide
range of university courses, in business communication, in teaching and in
speech therapy. The book deals with concepts which are central to
traditional grammar but have been greatly refined over the past forty
years: parts of speech and how to recognise them, constructions and their
interrelationships, subordinate clauses and how to recognise the different
types, subjects and objects, Agents and Patients and other roles. The book
draws out the connections between syntax and meaning and between syntax and
discourse; in particular, a new chapter focuses on the analysis of
discourse and the final chapter deals with tense, aspect and voice, topics
which are central to the construction of texts and are of major importance
in second language learning. They are also areas where meaning and grammar
interconnect very closely.
*Coverage of central themes with a wide application outside the study of syntax
*Explains basic concepts, supported by a glossary of technical terms
*Exercises and sources for further reading provided.
This book will be available to customers in North America through Columbia