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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The Structure and Classification of Words
How Structure Affects Pronoun Reference
Determining the Structure of Sentences
Current Theory
Rules of Sentence Structure A First
Assigning Meaning in Sentences
Real vs Apparent Sentence Structure
Some CategoryNeutral Processes
Functional Categories
Questions Relative Clauses and
NP Movement
Things to Come Various Aspects
Minor Grammatical Categories

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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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