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A critical account of English syntax : grammar, meaning, text

Author: E K Brown; J E Miller
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Edinburgh textbooks on the English language., Advanced.
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Tackling the role of syntactic constructions in text, this textbook brings out the connections between syntactic structures and semantics/pragmatics and the function of different clausal structures in written and spoken texts. It also draws attention to variation in standard written English, to the grammatical structures and discourse devices in spoken English, and to ongoing changes in English grammar. It focuses  Read more...
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Brown, E.K.
Critical account of English syntax.
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016591325
(OCoLC)950635521
Named Person: Englisch ...
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: E K Brown; J E Miller
ISBN: 9780748696093 0748696091 0748696113 9780748696116
OCLC Number: 1002303716
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 296 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Organisation and content --
Why study the grammar of English? --
What counts as the grammar of English? --
The data --
Grammaticality --
Grammaticality and acceptability --
Grammaticality and intuition --
Grammaticality and power --
Grammaticality: descriptive and prescriptive grammar --
Grammaticality and language change --
Adjectives and adjective phrases --
Adjectives and adjective phrases: introduction --
Adjectives and adjective phrases: adjectives and denotation --
Adjectives and adjective phrases: adjectives and gradability --
Adjectives and adjective phrases: adjectives as heads of noun phrases --
Adjectives and adjective phrases: adjectives as a word class --
Adjectives and adjective phrases: adjective positions in noun phrases --
Adjectives and adjective phrases: reduplication --
Adverbs and adverb phrases --
Adverbs and adverb phrases: introduction --
Adverbs and adverb phrases: adverbs and adjectives. Adverbs and adverb phrases: structure of adverb phrases --
Adverbial clauses --
Adverbial clauses: introduction --
Adverbial clauses: time, condition, reason, concession --
Adverbial clauses: less common types --
Adverbial clauses: position in clauses and sentences --
Adverbial clauses: spoken English --
Adverbial clauses: subordinate clause or main clause? --
Clause and text --
Clause and text: introduction --
Clause and text: clefts --
IT clefts --
WH clefts --
Reverse WH clefts --
TH clefts --
Clause and text: cohesion --
Cohesion: orientation --
Cohesion: orientation in place --
Cohesion: orientation in time --
Cohesion: orientation in time: tense and aspect --
Cohesion: co-reference and referent tracking --
Cohesion: coordination and subordination --
Cohesion: adverbials and conjunctions --
Clause and Text: Cohesion --
Active, Passive, Middle --
Clause and Text: Discourse Markers --
Clause and text: ellipsis --
Clause and text: focus. Clause and text: focus: special syntactic constructions --
Clause and text: focus: word order --
Clause and text: given and new --
Clause and text: non-finite clauses --
Clause and text: spoken and written text --
Clause and text: theme --
Clause structure --
Clause structure: introduction --
Clause structure: constituents --
Transposition --
Substitution --
Coordination --
Clause structure: dependency relations --
Clause structure: hierarchical structure --
Clause structure: linearity and predicate-argument structure --
Clause structure: linearity and grammatical functions --
Clause structure: verb phrases --
Clause structure: integrated and unintegrated syntax --
Clefts --
Clauses: clefts --
Complement clauses --
Complement clauses: complementisers --
Complement clauses: embedded interrogatives --
Complement clauses: mood and modality --
Complement clauses: gerunds, infinitives and meaning --
Complement clauses: noun complement clauses. Constructions --
Constructions: overview --
Non-finite clauses --
Non-finite clauses: introduction --
Non-finite clauses: infinitives --
Non-finite clauses: free participles --
Non-finite clauses: gerunds (Type 1) --
Non-finite clauses: gerunds (Type 2) --
Non-finite clauses: reduced adverbials --
Non-finite clauses: reduced relatives --
Non-finite clauses: verb stem --
Non-finite clauses: with + NP --
Non-finite clauses: eight types or four? --
Nouns and noun phrases --
Nouns and noun phrases: introduction --
Nouns and noun phrases: common and proper --
Nouns and noun phrases: count and mass --
Countability: individuals and substances --
Partitives --
Number and agreement --
Nouns and noun phrases: determinatives --
Nouns and noun phrases: pronouns --
Prepositions and prepositional phrases --
Prepositions and prepositional phrases: introduction --
Prepositions and prepositional phrases: prepositions and particles. Prepositions and prepositional phrases: prepositions, transitive and intransitive --
Prepositions and prepositional phrases: prepositional phrases, their distribution --
Complements of verbs --
Complements (or postmodifiers) of nouns --
Complements (or postmodifiers) of adjectives --
Complements of prepositions --
Prepositions and prepositional phrases: prepositions and meaning --
Prepositions and prepositional phrases: prepositional verbs --
Relative clauses --
Relative clauses: introduction --
Relative clauses: contact --
Relative clauses: free --
Relative clauses: infinitival --
Relative clauses: non-standard --
Relative clauses: propositional --
Relative clauses: restrictive and non-restrictive --
Relative clauses: shadow pronouns --
Relative clauses: th --
Relative clauses: unattached --
Relative clauses: unintegrated --
Relative clauses: wh --
Relative clauses: wh words as deictics --
Relative clauses: which as discourse connective. Sentences and clauses --
Sentences and clauses: introduction --
Sentences and clauses: clauses --
Sentences and clauses: complex sentences --
Sentences and clauses: compound sentences --
Sentences and clauses: main and subordinate clauses --
Sentences and clauses: sentence fragments --
Sentences and clauses: simple sentences --
Sentences and clauses: subordinate clauses: preposition or complementiser? --
Sentences and clauses: system sentence and text sentence --
Verbs and verb phrases --
Verbs and verb phrases: tense and aspect: introduction --
Verbs and verb phrases: tense and aspect in English --
Verbs and verb phrases: future tense --
Verbs and verb phrases: middle construction --
Verbs and verb phrases: mood and modality --
Verbs and verb phrases: passive voice --
Verbs and verb phrases: present perfect and adverbs --
Verbs and verb phrases: present perfect and resultative --
Verbs and verb phrases: present perfect and simple past. Verbs and verb phrases: progressive aspect --
Verbs and verb phrases: simple present --
Verbs and verb phrases: situation (lexical) aspect --
Word classes --
Word classes: introduction --
Word classes: major and minor --
Word classes: gradience --
Word classes: criteria --
Word classes: semantics --
Word classes: syntactic criteria and sub-classes.
Series Title: Edinburgh textbooks on the English language., Advanced.
Responsibility: Keith Brown and Jim Miller.

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