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Query Details

Query Subject:   introductory textbook:syntax
Author:   Nkonko Kamwangamalu
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax

Query:   Dear everyone:

I'm looking for an accessible introductory textbook for my
undergraduate course in syntax. For the past three years I have
been using Radford (1981) and (1988) but I have found these
textbooks advanced for my students, whose population now includes
both English L1 and English L2 speakers. I would be grateful for
any suggestions you might have. In your response please indicate
not only the title/s of the textbook/s but also the publisher/s,
the place/s of publication and the ISBN number/s. Please respond
to my e-mail address: . I will post a
summary in due course. Thank you in anticipation for your

Nkonko M Kamwangamalu
Department of Linguistics
University of Natal
Durban, South Africa
Nkonko Kamwangamalu
Dept of Linguistics Phone +27 (0)31 260 1123
University of Natal
Private Bag X10 http://www.und.ac.za/ling/kamwanga.html
LL Issue: 7.1756
Date posted: 11-Dec-1996


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