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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The Syntax of Welsh
Subtitle: A Transformational Study of the Passive
Written By: G. M. Awbery
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 18

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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): Welsh
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521102599
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99
U.S. $ 34.99