English Syntax

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'English syntax' is an important new text for courses in grammar at the undergraduate level and at the beginning graduate level. Written by a well-known syntactician, it offers an informal but systematic discussion of the basic rules of English sentence structure. It incorporates the fundamental insights that have been brought to the field of English syntax by research in generative grammar. 'English syntax' introduces the goals and techniques of syntactic study. It then takes up basic topics in phrasal syntax, including phrase types, heads, complements, and subjects; completes the discussion of phrasal syntax by describing various kinds of modifying structures; and looks at several special constructions, including the existential construction, the cleft construction, direct questions, imperatives, and exclamatives. A concluding section discusses negation conjunction, ellipsis, tense, aspect, and other areas in which syntax and semantics are closely related.

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