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Title: Infinitival Complement Clauses in English
Subtitle: A Study of Syntax in Discourse
Written By: Christian Mair
Description:

Note: This is the re-issue is a previously a published book.

This study, the first in the series Studies in English Language, is
concerned with the functional and communicative foundations of English
grammar, and takes as its specific focus the study of infinitival
complement clauses. Much of the illustrative material is taken from the
Survey of English Usage at University College London. The work draws on a
large amount of data from spontaneous speech, and provides a close analysis
of numerous examples in their authentic discourse context. It is based on
the assumption that syntactic structures are closely connected with, and
partly determined by, conventions of human discourse and the speaker's or
writer's desire to express meaning efficiently. The ample documentation
will appeal to those interested in the structure of modern British English.
For those interested in syntactic theory and discourse, this is an
empirical contribution to the debate on discourse-based approaches to
functional syntax.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521114721
ISBN-13: 9780521114721
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99
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