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Syntax : a linguistic introduction to sentence structure

Author: Edward Keith BROWN; J E Miller
Publisher: London : Routledge, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"The study of syntax is fundamental to linguistics and language study, but it is often taught solely within the framework of transformational grammar. This book is unique in several respects: it introduces the basic concepts used in the description of syntax, independently of any single model of grammar. Most grammatical models fail to deal adequately with one aspect of syntax or another, and the authors argue that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Keith BROWN; J E Miller
ISBN: 0415084210 9780415084215
OCLC Number: 1076703303
Notes: Previous edition first published by HarperCollins Academic in 1980.
Description: xiv, 382p : ill. ; 22cm.
Contents: Constituent structure --
Form classes --
Constituent structure grammar --
Formal grammars --
Verbs and nouns --
Adjectives and prepositions --
Optional constituents --
Intermediate levels of structure --
Embedding, recursion and ambiguity --
Relations between sentences --
The sentence --
Words and morphemes --
Morphemes and morphs --
The morphology of the English verb --
Lexical morphology --
Form classes and grammatical categories --
Heads and modifiers --
Grammatical functions --
Sentences in texts.
Responsibility: Keith Brown and Jim Miller.

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This introductory text has been revised to take account of recent developments in syntactic studies. Dealing with the whole range of syntax, this book explains, in a lucid and approachable way, why  Read more...

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