An Introduction to English Sentence Structure: Clauses, Markers, Missing Elements

An Introduction to English Sentence Structure: Clauses, Markers, Missing Elements

by Jon Jonz, Carl Jonas Love Almqvist
     
 

ISBN-10: 1845531450

ISBN-13: 9781845531454

Pub. Date: 03/30/2014

Publisher: Equinox Publishing

An Introduction to English Sentence Structure puts the study of English sentences into the meaningful perspective provided by the broad essentials of functionalism. The book starts from the premise that the structure of language reflects the structure of events in everyday experience. By contrast, grammars that are more structural in nature often begin with gross

Overview

An Introduction to English Sentence Structure puts the study of English sentences into the meaningful perspective provided by the broad essentials of functionalism. The book starts from the premise that the structure of language reflects the structure of events in everyday experience. By contrast, grammars that are more structural in nature often begin with gross facts about language structure, such as the observation that clauses can be divided into subjects and predicates. The book's premise reflects the fundamental Hallidayan principle that language simultaneously codes for three dimensions of structure: clause as representation, clause as exchange, and clause as message. This approach has the effect of situating the study of language in the student's familiar world of ideas, relationships, and discourses. The book blends insights from three prominent modern schools of grammatical thought (functionalism, structuralism, and generativism) using functionalism as the philosophical and organizational motif. The book focuses on the representational function of language, encouraging students to use their knowledge of the way the world works in order to understand how language works. The approach taken is hybrid: It assumes that form matters, and in this sense it is structural. It also assumes that forms follows function, and in this sense it is functional. As its subtitle suggests, the book is concerned with the argument structure of clauses, the boundary markers of clause combinations, and the syntactic and experiential resources that permit language users to supply the content of empty categories, which are the missing elements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845531454
Publisher:
Equinox Publishing
Publication date:
03/30/2014
Series:
Equinox Textbooks and Surveys in Linguistics Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1. Language and Events in Experience Chapter 2. Clauses: Processes Chapter 3. Clauses: Participants and Circumstances Chapter 4. Word Groups and Phrases Chapter 5. Verb Groups Chapter 6. The Power of Beginnings Chapter 7. Noun Groups Chapter 8. Embedded Wh- Clauses Chapter 9. NonWh- Subordinate Clauses Chapter 10. NonWh- Complementation, Apposition, Discontinuity: Nonfinite Wh-Clauses Appendix A: Suggested Responses Appendix B: Frequently Used Charts and Lists Glossary

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