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Syntactic Analysis and Description: A Constructional Approach, 1st edition

  • David Lockwood
Syntactic Analysis and Description: A Constructional Approach

ISBN-13:  9780826455222


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This book is designed to teach undergraduate and beginning graduate students about the varieties of syntactic phenomena in different languages and a method of analyzing and describing them. The method is based on the concept of the syntactic construction, which is shared by various views of language structure. In this particular presentation, a construction is characterized as a combination of obligatory and optional functions, and each of these functions is related to a class of manifestations. Syntax as a whole is then seen as interrelating constructions on the ranks (size-levels) of the phrase, clause, and sentence. Besides the essential features of phrase, clause, and sentence structures, there are chapters devoted to special topics such as clitics, negation, clausal organization, and voice and related devices. While the emphasis is on the actual syntactic structures observable in the data, the relation of syntactic phenomena to linguistic meaning is also considered. In particular, the final chapter shows how account of syntax can often be simplified if control from meaning structure is assumed. Throughout the book, a distinction between meaningfulness and syntactic-well formedness is consistently made.

Table of contents

1. Constructions, Functions, and Classes
2. Syntax and Morphology: Preediting Syntactic Data
3. Types of Phrase Constructions
4. Concord and Government in the Phrase
5. Phrase Coordination
6. Types of Basic Clause Constructions
7. Congruence and Determination in the Clause
8. Identification and Description of Clitics
9. Negation in the Clause
10. Varieties of Clausal Organization: Accusative, Ergative, and Others
11. Voice and other Forms of Highlighting in the Clause
12. Sentence Constructions
13. Interrogation in Clause and Sentence Structures
14. Subordinate Clauses and Clausoidal Phrases
15. Syntax and Semology
Appendix: Adaptations of the Boxed Notation
Glossary of Syntactic Terminology

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Published by Continuum (January 31st 2003) - Copyright © 2003