An Introduction to English Syntax: Second Edition / Edition 2

An Introduction to English Syntax: Second Edition / Edition 2

by Jim Miller
     
 

In this revised and fully updated edition, Jim Miller covers the central concepts of syntax, which are applied in a wide range of university courses and business communication, teaching, and speech therapy. Miller handles concepts that are central to traditional grammar yet have been greatly refined over the past forty years: parts of speech and how to

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In this revised and fully updated edition, Jim Miller covers the central concepts of syntax, which are applied in a wide range of university courses and business communication, teaching, and speech therapy. Miller handles concepts that are central to traditional grammar yet have been greatly refined over the past forty years: parts of speech and how to recognize them; constructions and their interrelationships; subordinate clauses and their different types; subjects and objects; agents and patients, and other roles. The volume identifies the links between syntax and meaning and between syntax and discourse. A new chapter especially focuses on the analysis of discourse, and the concluding chapter explores tense, aspect, and voice, topics that are central to the construction of texts and that are major to the learning of a second language. Miller also provides areas in which meaning and grammar closely interconnect.

Key features:

* Coverage of central themes with a wide application outside the study of syntax

* Explains basic concepts, supported by a glossary of technical terms

* Exercises and sources for further reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748633616
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2Words, sentences and dictionaries4
3A word and its parts: roots, affixes and their shapes16
4A word and its forms: inflection28
5A word and its relatives: derivation44
6Compound words, blends and phrasal words59
7A word and its structure71
8Productivity85
9The historical sources of English word formation100
10Conclusion: words in English and in languages generally114
Discussion of the exercises120
Glossary141
References148
Index150

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