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Title: Meaningful Arrangement
Subtitle: Exploring the Syntactic Description of Texts
Series Title: Functional Linguistics
Description:

This book takes apart and problematises the whole process of identifying
and explaining the patterning of words in sentences. It brings together two
concepts – syntax and text – that are normally treated separately, and
shows how they can best be understood in relation to each other. Part 1,
Processing the text, concentrates on getting texts ready for syntactic
analysis. Since the data needs to be mediated through the processing of the
text, the nature of that processing and its effects on subsequent analysis
need to be made explicit. Part 2, Analysing the clause, introduces the
relevant syntactic phenomena and the sorts of concepts normally used to
explain them. It shows how many of the assumptions of traditional syntactic
analysis derive from the languages which form the basis of the European
tradition, and that different languages require the so-called "basic
categories" of syntactic analysis to be rethought. Part 3, Theorising
syntax, sketches the range of syntactic theories available for the
"consumer". It gives a sense of developments in the field over the last 50
years not just in terms of the usual "schools", but by picking up on
concepts such as the key complementarity between syntagmatic and
paradigmatic to characterise the emphases and biases of different theories.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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