English Syntax and Argumentation

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Overview

The new edition of this textbook gives students a thorough grounding in the basics of sentence structure and syntactic argumentation. This edition is completely revised, with the chapter on X-bar syntax now split in two to give greater prominence to clauses. It also contains many new exercises, which are now graded in terms of level of difficulty. Each chapter has a section on suggested further reading material, and there is a bibliography and list of recommended reference works.

Author Biography: Bas Aarts is Reader in Modern English Language and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London.

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'The emphasis on argumentation in this textbook is particularly useful. The writing is clear and appropriate for undergraduate students. The exercises are meaty and fun to do.' - Thomas B. Klein, Georgia Southern University, USA
'A book that really understands the key issues for students, and helps them to appreciate what syntax is about.' - Laura Rupp, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
 
'Highly accessible to any reader interested in the formal study of sentence and phrase structure in modern linguistics...an important addition to the growing series of introductory syntax textbooks due to its general accessibility, wealth of English data and extensive exercises, and much needed in-depth discussion of syntactic argumentation. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has no previous experience in syntax but wants to learn about it.' - Yosuke Sato, Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia, Canada 

Reviews of the first edition:
'This introductory textbook offers a solid exposition of the foundational topics required for the investigation and study of English sentence structure ... it is clearly written in an accessible style.' - Language
 
'An ideal introduction to syntax.' - The Year's Work in English Studies 
  
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312175757
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

BAS AARTS is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London, UK. He has published widely in the field and is one of the founding editors of the jourbanal English Language and Linguistics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Function 8
Ch. 3 Form: Words, Word Classes and Phrases 23
Ch. 4 More on Form: Clauses and Sentences 50
Ch. 5 The Function-Form Interface 66
Ch. 6 Predicates, Arguments and Thematic Roles 85
Ch. 7 Cross-Categorial Generalisations: X-bar Syntax 97
Ch. 8 Movement 130
Ch. 9 Syntactic Argumentation 157
Ch. 10 Constituency: Movement and Substitution 179
Ch. 11 Constituency: Some Additional Tests 209
Ch. 12 Predicates and Arguments Revisited 227
Ch. 13 Case Studies 243
Glossary 274
Reference Works: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Grammars 287
Bibliography 291
Index 293
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