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English Syntax and Argumentation
     

English Syntax and Argumentation

by Bas Aarts
 

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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

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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 
  
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312175757
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/03/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.83(d)

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"Aarts' textbook provides an engaging initiation into the central discoveries of modern syntactic theory and the art of syntactic argumentation. This revised fourth edition containus numerous exercises which involve the reader in learning syntax by doing it, namely, formulating a scientific hypothesis and testing it against further data. It also features an additional chapter on tense, aspect and mood and a very useful list of further readings. Definitely a must book for undergraduate students who would love to start syntax!" - Yosuke Sato, National University of Singapore

Meet the Author

Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London, UK. His research interest is in the field of syntax, more specifically verbal syntax. His recent publications include: Syntactic gradience (2007, OUP), Oxford modern English grammar (2011, OUP), The English verb phrase (2013, edited with J. Close, G. Leech and S. Wallis, CUP), Oxford dictionary of English Grammar (2nd edition 2014; edited with S. Chalker and E. Weiner, OUP), as well as articles in books and journals. He is a founding editor of the journal English Language and Linguistics (CUP).

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