New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Principles

New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Principles

by Robert M. W. Dixon, Robert M. Dixon
     
 

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This work offers a fresh approach to grammar, arguing that a speaker "codes" a meaning into grammatical forms in order to communicate them to a hearer. Investigating the interrelation of grammar and meaning, Dixon uncovers a rationale for the varying grammatical properties of different words. He offers a review of some of the main points of English syntax

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This work offers a fresh approach to grammar, arguing that a speaker "codes" a meaning into grammatical forms in order to communicate them to a hearer. Investigating the interrelation of grammar and meaning, Dixon uncovers a rationale for the varying grammatical properties of different words. He offers a review of some of the main points of English syntax, as well as a discussion of English verbs in terms of semantic types. Finally, he examines five specific grammatical topics: complement clauses in detail; complement clauses, transitivity and causatives; passive construction; promotion of a non-subject to subject slot; and the relation between verb constructions.

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"An ambitious and extensive account of English grammar....Books which take a semantic approach to grammar or a syntactic approach to semantics are increasingly common....But I have no hesitation in saying that I find Dixon's book by far the most informative, the one most likely to startle readers repeatedly by telling them what they knew all along but hadn't realized they knew.:—Charles Kreidler, Georgetown Journal of Languages & Linguistics

"He has drawn attention to a wealth of facts that have not been widely studied, and his book will certainly repay repeated reading....Deserves the attention of any serious grammarian of English."—Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198242727
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/01/1991
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.13(d)

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