English Syntax / Edition 2

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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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Editorial Reviews

Intended as a text for courses in grammar at the undergraduate and beginning graduate level, this volume offers an informal but systematic discussion of the basic rules of English sentence structure and introduces the goals and techniques of syntactic study. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262521987
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/1995
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 665
  • Sales rank: 1,524,790
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Pt. I Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Field of English Syntax 3
Pt. II The Syntax of Phrases: Heads, Complements, and Subjects 35
Ch. 2 Major English Phrase Types 37
Ch. 3 Phrase-Internal Syntax: Heads and Their Complements 59
Ch. 4 Clauses as Complements and Subjects 97
Ch. 5 Noun Phrases 147
Ch. 6 Locative Phrases, Motion Phrases, and Particles 191
Ch. 7 Free Relative Clauses 203
Ch. 8 Subjects of Phrases 227
Ch. 9 Passives and the Easy Construction 255
Pt. III The Syntax of Phrases: Modification 289
Ch. 10 Modification of Nouns and Noun Phrases 291
Ch. 11 Modification of Verb Phrases and Sentences 337
Ch. 12 Degree Modification 375
Pt. IV Special Constructions 423
Ch. 13 Special Subject-Predicate Relations 425
Ch. 14 Special Sentence Types 455
Pt. V Some Topics in the Semantic Interpretation of English 477
Ch. 15 Negation 479
Ch. 16 Conjunction and Ellipsis 501
Ch. 17 Time Relations and Aspect 527
Appendix A The Context of English Syntax: Epilogue with References 585
Appendix B Summary of Basic Syntactic Structures 615
Index 635
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