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A Critical Introduction to Syntax

A Critical Introduction to Syntax

by Jim Miller, Andreas Musolff


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This book introduces major areas of debate within the field of syntax:, constructions, grammar and semantics, configurationality, usage-based grammar, complexity, language acquisition. It highlights the application of the same concepts across different models of grammar. Real examples from spoken and written language and standard and non-standard language demonstrate how difficult it is to apply the concept of grammaticality and to provide reliable analyses, especially for spoken language.

Comprehensive, accessible and challenging, this book is essential reading for students taking introductory courses in syntax and syntactic theory, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826497048
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/17/2011
Series: Bloomsbury Critical Introductions to Linguistics
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jim Miller is Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh (formerly Professor of Linguistics and Spoken Language at Edinburgh and Professor of Cognitive Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand).

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments \ 1. Theory, Data and Analysis \ 2. Dependency Relations \ 3. Configurationality \ 4. Constructions \ 5. Grammaticality \ 6. Usage-based analysis \ 7. Grammar and Semantics: the get passive \ 8. Grammar and \ Semantics: wh words \ 9. Grammar and Semantics: parts-of-speech \ 10. Grammar and Semantics: thematic roles11. Language Complexity \ 12. First Language Acquisition \ Epilogue
Bibliography \ Index

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