Written by a leading authority on the subject, the fifth edition of this bestselling book provides students with a thorough grounding in the essentials of sentence structure and the fundamentals of syntactic argumentation.
Divided into four parts, it begins by examining the basic concepts that underpin the study of syntax, before moving on to more complex issues. The first part introduces the foundations of syntax, namely clauses and sentences; the second looks at the internal structure of phrases and the bridge between syntax and semantics; the third deals with syntactic argumentation; and the fourth focuses on argumentation and its application. Chapters feature clear explanations of technical terms, easy-to-follow examples and interactive exercises to illustrate key ideas.This theoretically-neutral text will be core reading for all students of English, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics who are encountering the study of syntax for the first time.
About 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).
Table of ContentsPART I: FUNCTION AND FORM1. Introduction2. Function3. From: words, word classes and phrases4. More on form: clauses and sentences5. The function-form interfacePART II: ELABORATION6. Predicates, arguments and thematic roles7. Cross-categorical generalisations: X-bar syntax8. More on clauses9. Movement10. Tense, aspect and moodPART III: ARGUMENTATION11. Syntactic argumentation12. Constituency: movement and substitution13. Constituency: some additional tests14. Predicates and arguments revisitedPART IV: APPLICATION15. Information structuring16. Grammatical indeterminacy17. Case studies
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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