A Semantic Approach to English Grammar / Edition 2

A Semantic Approach to English Grammar / Edition 2

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


This book shows how grammar helps people communicate and looks at the ways grammar and meaning interrelate. The author starts from the notion that a speaker codes a meaning into grammatical forms which the listener is then able to recover: each word, he shows, has its own meaning and each bit of grammar its own function, their combinations creating and… See more details below

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This book shows how grammar helps people communicate and looks at the ways grammar and meaning interrelate. The author starts from the notion that a speaker codes a meaning into grammatical forms which the listener is then able to recover: each word, he shows, has its own meaning and each bit of grammar its own function, their combinations creating and limiting the possibilities for different words. He uncovers a rationale for the varying grammatical properties of different words and in the process explains many facts about English - such as why we can say I wish to go, I wish that he would go, and I want to go but not I want that he would go.

The first part of the book reviews the main points of English syntax and discusses English verbs in terms of their semantic types including those of Motion, Giving, Speaking, Liking, and Trying. In the second part Professor Dixon looks at eight grammatical topics, including complement clauses, transitivity and causatives, passives, and the promotion of a non-subject to subject, as in Dictionaries sell well.

This is the updated and revised edition of A New Approach to English Grammar on Semantic Principles. It includes new chapters on tense and aspect, nominalizations and possession, and adverbs and negation, and contains a new discussion of comparative forms of adjectives. It also explains recent changes in English grammar, including how they has replaced the tabooed he as a pronoun referring to either gender, as in When a student reads this book, they will learn a lot about English grammar in a most enjoyable manner.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199283071
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/15/2005
Series:
Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
570
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Orientation3
2Grammatical sketch19
3Noun, adjective and verb types81
4Primary-A verb types102
5Primary-B verb types131
6Secondary verb types172
Some grammatical topics207
7She is departing for the jungle tomorrow, although the doctor has been advising against it
8I know that it seems that he'll make me want to describe her starting to say that she knows that it seems that ...
9I kicked at the bomb, which exploded, and wakened you up
10Our manager's annoyance at thoughts of residence rearrangement bears no relation to his assistant's criticism of building restrictions
11The plate, which had been eaten off, was owned by my aunt
12Yesterday, even the rather clever bishops could not very easily have sensibly organised a moderately unusual exorcism here
13What sells slowly, but wears well?
14She gave him a look, they both had a laugh and then took a stroll

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