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Fri Oct 09 2020

Books: Syntactic Constructions in English: Kim, Michaelis

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Date: 08-Oct-2020
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Subject: Syntactic Constructions in English: Kim, Michaelis
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Title: Syntactic Constructions in English
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Jong-Bok Kim
Author: Laura A. Michaelis
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108640671 Pages: 366 Price: U.S. $ 28.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108470339 Pages: 366 Price: U.S. $ 105.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108455862 Pages: 366 Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108455862 Pages: 366 Price: U.K. £ 26.99

Construction grammar (CxG) is a framework for syntactic analysis that takes constructions - pairings of form and meaning that range from the highly idiomatic to the very general - to be the building blocks of sentence meaning. Offering the first comprehensive introduction to CxG to focus on both English words and the constructions that combine them, this textbook shows students not only what the analyses of particular structures are, but also how and why those analyses are constructed, with each chapter taking the student step-by-step through the reasoning processes that yield the best description of a data set. It offers a wealth of illustrative examples and exercises, largely based on real language data, making it ideal for both self-study and classroom use. Written in an accessible and engaging way, this textbook will open up this increasingly popular linguistic framework to anyone interested in the grammatical patterns of English.

1. What is a theory of english syntax about?
2. Lexical and phrasal signs
3. Syntactic forms, grammatical functions, and semantic roles
4. Head, complements, modifiers, and argument structures
5. Combinatorial construction rules and principles
6. Noun phrases and agreement
7. Raising and control constructions
8. Auxiliary and related constructions
9. Passive constructions
10. Interrogative and wh-question constructions
11. Relative clause constructions
12. Tough, extraposition and cleft constructions

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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