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Syntax : Structure, Meaning, and Function - Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.

Syntax

Structure, Meaning, and Function

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This book is an introduction to syntactic theory and analysis which can be used for both introductory and advanced courses in theoretical syntax. Offering an alternative to the standard generative view of the subject, it deals with the major issues in syntax with which all theories are concerned. It presents syntactic phenomena from a wide range of languages and introduces students to the major typological issues that syntactic theories must address. A generous number of exercises is included, which provide practice with the concepts introduced in the text and in addition expose the student to in-depth analysis of data from many languages. Each chapter contains suggestions for further reading which encompass work from many theoretical perspectives. A separate teaching guide is available.

'A seminal contribution to syntactic theory ... will serve as an essential reference for those interested in RRG and other functionally-oriented frameworks and an excellent textbook for more advanced courses in syntax or typology'. Language

The goals of linguistic theory
Syntactic structure I: simple clauses and noun phrases
Semantic representation I: verbs and arguments
Semantic representation II: macroroles, the lexicon and noun phrases
Information structure
Grammatical relations
Linking syntax and semantics in simple sentences
Syntactic structure II: complex sentences and noun phrases
Linking syntax and semantics in complex sentences
Epilogue: the goals of linguistic theory revisited
Notes
References
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ISBN: 9780521495653
ISBN-10: 0521495652
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 741
Published: 11th December 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 5.1
Weight (kg): 1.28