An Introduction to English Syntax
In An Introduction to English Syntax, Jim Miller discusses the central concepts of syntax which are applied in a wide range of university courses, in business, in teaching and in speech therapy. The book deals with traditional concepts which have been greatly refined and extended over the past thirty years: what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are and how they can be recognised; what a subordinate clause is and how different types of subordinate clause can be recognised; what subjects and objects are. The book draws out the connections between syntax and meaning; in particular, two chapters focus on topics such as tense, mood and voice which are central to the use of language and are of major importance in second language learning. They are also areas where meaning and grammar interconnect very closely. There is a final chapter on how sentences are combined in the creation of texts and on the role of various syntactic constructions in texts.* Coverage of central themes with a wide application outside the study of syntax* Explains basic concepts, supported by a glossary of technical terms* Exercises and sources for further reading provided
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active declarative adjective Adjective Phrase adjuncts adverbial clauses adverbs Agent analysis Aunt Norris Ayala bought central concept contains COPULA criteria declarative construction deﬁnite denote difﬁcult direct object discussed in Chapter Emma English entity epistemic Ethel event examples exclude Fanny ﬁnd ﬁnite Fiona ﬁrr ﬁrst Frank Churchill garden given grammatical subject Harriet Hartﬁeld head modiﬁed head noun heads and modiﬁers indirect inﬁnitive inﬂectional INTERROGATIVE Knightley labelled languages Latin lexical items main clause marry modal verbs morpho-syntactic NON-COPULA non-ﬁnite noun phrase obligatory OBLIQUE OBJECT occur participants passive Patient person and number piano plural prepositional phrase present pronoun properties question recognise refer reﬂects relative clause role secret ﬁancée semantic sequences of words signal singular situation slot speakers and writers speech stative stative verbs subject noun phrase subordinate clauses sufﬁxes syntactic linkage syntax talking tense types of phrase typically understood subject verb phrases word classes word order writing YES—NO