English Syntax and Argumentation

English Syntax and Argumentation

by Bas Aarts

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ISBN-13: 9781137605795
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 10/23/2017
Series: Macmillan Modern Linguistics
Edition description: 5th ed. 2018
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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 Contents

PART I: FUNCTION AND FORM
1. Introduction
2. Function
3. From: words, word classes and phrases
4. More on form: clauses and sentences
5. The function-form interface
PART II: ELABORATION
6. Predicates, arguments and thematic roles
7. Cross-categorical generalisations: X-bar syntax
8. More on clauses
9. Movement
10. Tense, aspect and mood
PART III: ARGUMENTATION
11. Syntactic argumentation
12. Constituency: movement and substitution
13. Constituency: some additional tests
14. Predicates and arguments revisited
PART IV: APPLICATION
15. Information structuring
16. Grammatical indeterminacy
17. 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

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