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English Syntax and Argumentation
 
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English Syntax and Argumentation
3rd edition
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
 
10 Apr 2008
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This successful textbook gives students a thorough grounding in the basics of sentence structure and acquaints them with the essentials of syntactic argument. Now updated and expanded, the third edition features an additional chapter on grammatical indeterminacy, a case study on subordinating conjunctions and prepositions, and new exercises.


Description

This successful textbook gives students a thorough grounding in the basics of sentence structure and acquaints them with the essentials of syntactic argument. Now updated and expanded, the third edition features an additional chapter on grammatical indeterminacy, a case study on subordinating conjunctions and prepositions, and new exercises.


Reviews


'The emphasis on argumentation in this textbook is particularly useful. The writing is clear and appropriate for undergraduate students. The exercises are meaty and fun to do.' - Thomas B. Klein, Georgia Southern University, USA

'A book that really understands the key issues for students, and helps them to appreciate what syntax is about.' - Laura Rupp, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

 
'Highly accessible to any reader interested in the formal study of sentence and phrase structure in modern linguistics...an important addition to the growing series of introductory syntax textbooks due to its general accessibility, wealth of English data and extensive exercises, and much needed in-depth discussion of syntactic argumentation. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has no previous experience in syntax but wants to learn about it.' - Yosuke Sato, Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia, Canada 



Reviews of the first edition:

'This introductory textbook offers a solid exposition of the foundational topics required for the investigation and study of English sentence structure ... it is clearly written in an accessible style.' - Language

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

 
 


Contents

Preface
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the third edition
PART ONE: FUNCTION AND FORM
Introduction
Function
Form: Words, Word Classes and Phrases
More on Form: Clauses and Sentences
The Function-Form Interface
PART TWO: ELABORATION
Predicates, Arguments and Thematic Roles
Cross-Categorial Generalisations: X-Bar Syntax
More on Clauses
Movement
PART THREE: ARGUMENTATION
Syntactic Argumentation
Constituency: Movement and Substitution
Constituency: Some Additional Tests
Predicates and Arguments Revisited
PART FOUR: APPLICATION
Grammatical Indeterminacy
Case Studies
Glossary
Reference Works: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Grammars and Other Publications on the English Language
Bibliography
Index


Authors

BAS AARTS is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London, UK. He has published widely in the field and is one of the founding editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics.