LINGUIST List 31.1869

Fri Jun 05 2020

Books: Relative Clauses: Radford

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Date: 22-May-2020
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Subject: Relative Clauses: Radford
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Title: Relative Clauses
Subtitle: Structure and Variation in Everyday English
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Andrew Radford
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108633680 Pages: 324 Price: U.S. $ 27.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108492805 Pages: 324 Price: U.S. $ 99.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108729680 Pages: 324 Price: U.S. $ 33.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108729680 Pages: 324 Price: U.K. £ 25.99

Using novel examples from live, unscripted radio/TV broadcasts and the internet, this path-breaking book will force us to reconsider the nature of everyday English and its complex interplay of syntactic, pragmatic, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic factors. Uncovering unusual types of non-standard relative clauses, Andrew Radford develops theoretically sophisticated analyses in an area that has traditionally hardly been touched on: that of nonstandard (yet not clearly dialectal) variation in English. Making sense of a huge amount of data, the book demonstrates that some types of non-standard relative clauses have a complex syntactic structure of their own in which the relation between the relative clause and its antecedent is either syntactically encoded or pragmatic in nature, while others come about as a result of hypercorrection, and yet others arise from processing errors.

1. Background
2. Resumptive relatives
3. Prepositional relatives
4. Gapless relatives

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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