Syntactic Analysis: The Basics

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 21, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 192 pages
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Highly readable and eminently practical, Syntactic Analysis: The Basics focuses on bringing students with little background in linguistics up to speed on how modern syntactic analysis works.
  • A succinct and practical introduction to understanding sentence structure, ideal for students who need to get up to speed on key concepts in the field
  • Introduces readers to the central terms and concepts in syntax
  • Offers a hands-on approach to understanding and performing syntactic analysis and introduces students to linguistic argumentation
  • Includes numerous problem sets, helpfully graded for difficulty, with model answers provided at critical points
  • Prepares readers for more advanced work with syntactic systems and syntactic analyses
 

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Contents

The Structure and Classification of Words
5
How Structure Affects Pronoun Reference
7
Determining the Structure of Sentences
9
Current Theory
14
Rules of Sentence Structure A First
16
Assigning Meaning in Sentences
5
Real vs Apparent Sentence Structure
9
Some CategoryNeutral Processes
10
Functional Categories
11
Questions Relative Clauses and
NP Movement
Things to Come Various Aspects
Minor Grammatical Categories
Index
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About the author (2010)

Nicholas Sobin is Professor of Language and Linguistics at The University of Texas at El Paso.  He has published numerous articles on various topics in syntax in such journals as Linguistics Inquiry, Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, and the Journal of Linguistics, and has held Visiting Scholar appointments at M.I.T. and Harvard University.  He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

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