English Syntax

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MIT Press, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 647 pages
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An authoritative, self-contained introduction to the subject for students who have had no prior coursework in syntactic theory.

English Syntax is an authoritative, self-contained introduction to the subject for students who have had no prior coursework in syntactic theory. The detailed revisions throughout this new edition are aimed at increasing its clarity and usefulness. There are changes in almost every chapter, including a large number of new exercises and several new subsections. In addition there are two new appendixes, the first sketching the relation of English syntax to the wider field of generative syntactic theory, the second summarizing the basic syntactic structures discussed in the body of the text.

Specific changes include a fuller discussion, at the beginning of chapter 3, of the difference between complements and modifiers; a more systematic introduction to tree diagrams and what they express, at the end of chapter 3; a new subsection in chapter 4 on how to analyze complex structures; a new discussion of the general nature of missing-phrase constructions in chapter 9; a significant revision of the discussion of comparative clauses in chapter 12; a new discussion of the scope of negation in chapter 15; and, in chapter 16, a new discussion of practical strategies for analyzing conjoined structures.

 

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Contents

Chapter
3
Chapter
7
Chapter 2
37
Heads and Their Complements
59
Chapter 4
95
Chapter 5
147
Chapter 11
149
Chapter 6
191
Modification of Verb Phrases and Sentences
337
Chapter 12
375
Chapter 13
425
Chapter 14
455
Chapter 15
479
Chapter 16
501
Chapter 17
527
Appendix
585

Free Relative Clauses
203
Chapter 8
227
Chapter 9
255
Chapter 10
291
Appendix
615
Index
635
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About the author (1995)

The late C.L. Baker was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas Austin.

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