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Title: English Syntax and Argumentation
Translated By: Bas Aarts

'An ideal introduction to syntax.' - The Year's Work in English Studies

This textbook on syntax aims to give students a thorough grounding in the basics of sentence structure, and at the same time strives to acquaint them with the essentials of syntactic argument. This new edition is completely revised with the chapter on X-bar syntax now split in two to give greater prominence to clauses. It also contains many new exercises, which are now graded in terms of level of difficulty. Each chapter has a section on suggested further reading material, and there is a bibliography and list of recommended reference works.


The Building Blocks of Language: Words, Word Classes and Phrases
The Building Blocks of Language: Clauses and Sentences
The Function-Form Interface
Predicates, Arguments and Thematic Roles
Cross-Categorial Generalisations: X'-Syntax
More on Clauses
Syntactic Argumentation
Constituency: Movement and Substitution
Constituency: Some Additional Tests
Predicates and Arguments Revisited
Case Studies
Reference Works: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Grammars Bibliography

BAS AARTS is Reader in Modern English Language and Director of the
Survey of English Usage at University College London.

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Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Subject Language(s): English
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Pages: 336
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