The Structure of Modern Standard French: A Student Grammar

The Structure of Modern Standard French: A Student Grammar

by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen


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The Structure of Modern Standard French: A Student Grammar by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen

This book is an advanced student's grammar of French that integrates traditional grammar with knowledge and insights from modern linguistics. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen takes a structural approach to French grammar: she provides clear descriptions of grammatical rules based explicitly on syntactic structure, and places descriptive emphasis on instances where the grammatical structures of French differ from those used in corresponding contexts in English. The first part of the book provides an introduction to French sentence structure, before the following parts examine the grammar of verbs, nominals, particles, and clauses and sentences.

The Structure of Modern Standard French will be a valuable resource for students of French at undergraduate level and beyond. It assumes some prior knowledge of French grammar but is designed to be accessible to those with no background in linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198723745
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen is Professor of French Language and Linguistics at the University of Manchester. She holds a PhD and Higher Doctorate in French Linguistics from the University of Copenhagen, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in 2013. She is the author of The Function of Discourse Particles: A Study with Special Reference to Spoken Standard French (Benjamins, 1996), and Particles at the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface: Synchronic and Diachronic Issues (Elsevier/Brill, 2008) and of numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of French grammar, linguistics, and pragmatics, from both a synchronic and diachronic point of view.

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Part I: Understanding French Sentence Structure
1. Simple sentences and their basic constituents
2. The internal structure of clause constituents
3. Complex sentence structures
4. Subordinate clauses
Part II: The Grammar of French Verbs
5. Finite verb forms: Mood
6. Finite verb forms: Tense
7. Finite verb forms: Aspect
8. Finite verb forms: Auxiliaries
9. Non-finite verb forms: The infinitive
10. Non-finite verb forms: The past participle
11. 11. Non-finite verb forms: The present participle and the gerondif
Part III: The Grammar of French Nominals
12. Definite and indefinite determiners
13. Adjectives within the noun phrase
14. Pronouns: Overview
15. Personal and reflexive pronouns
16. Neutral pronouns
17. Pronominal adverbs
18. Possessives and demonstratives
19. Interrogative and relative pronouns and adverbs
20. Indefinites
Part IV: The Grammar of French Particles
21. Prepositions
22. Adverbs, interjections, and coordinating conjunctions
Part V: The Grammar of French Clauses and Sentences
23. Negation and restriction
24. Word order
25. Voice
26. Dislocation, (pseudo-)clefts, and presentative constructions
Further reading
Appendix A: Overview of grammatical functions
Appendix B: Word classes in French
Appendix C: Subordinate clause types in French
Appendix D: Examples of sentence analyses to word level
Appendix E: Overview of the French tenses

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