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Syntactic Analysis and Description : A Constructional Approach - David G. Lockwood

Syntactic Analysis and Description

A Constructional Approach

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2003
ISBN: 9780826455215
Number Of Pages: 386

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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.

Constructions, functions, and classesp. 1
Syntax and morphology: pre-editing syntactic datap. 17
Types of phrase constructionsp. 42
Concord and government in the phrasep. 62
Phrase coordinationp. 95
Types of basic clause constructionsp. 113
Congruence and determination in the clausep. 139
Identification and description of cliticsp. 167
Negation in the clausep. 185
Varieties of clausal organization: accusative, ergative, and othersp. 208
Voice and other forms of highlighting in the clausep. 226
Sentence constructionsp. 252
Interrogation in clause and sentence structuresp. 266
Subordinate clauses and clausoidal phrasesp. 289
Syntax and semologyp. 310
Adaptations of the boxed notationp. 329
Glossaryp. 343
Referencesp. 367
Index of languagesp. 371
Index of names and termsp. 373
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ISBN: 9780826455215
ISBN-10: 0826455212
Series: Open Linguistics Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: CONTINUUM
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1

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