Analysing Sentences: An Introduction to English Syntax

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Routledge, Feb 12, 2016 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages

This highly successful text has long been considered the standard introduction to the practical analysis of English sentence structure. It covers key concepts such as constituency, category and functions, and also utilises tree diagrams throughout to help the reader visualise the structure of sentences.

In this fourth edition, Analysing Sentences has been thoroughly revised and now features a brand new companion website with additional activities and exercises for students and an answer book for the in-text exercises for professors. The extra activities on the website give students practice in identifying syntactic phenomena in running text and will help to deepen understanding of this topic.

Accessible and clear, this book is the perfect textbook for readers coming to this topic for the first time. Featuring many in-text, end-of-chapter and Further Exercises, it is suitable for self-directed study as well as for use as core reading on courses.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
constituents
6
functions
24
categories
44
4 The basic Verb Phrase
65
5 Adverbials and other matters
86
auxiliary VPs
111
7 The structure of Noun Phrases
141
8 Sentences within sentences
171
9 Whclauses
196
10 Nonfinite clauses
223
11 Languages sentences and grammars
253
Further reading
268
Index
270
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About the author (2016)

Noel Burton-Roberts is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK.

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