A Modern Course in English Syntax by Wekker H., Haegeman L. PDF

By Wekker H., Haegeman L.

A latest path in English Syntax presents intermediate and complex scholars of linguistics and English with a scientific account of the foundations of English syntax, and acquaints them with the overall method of syntactic description. It teaches them tips on how to formulate syntactic arguments, and the way to use the perfect standards and assessments within the research of sentences. The technical phrases and ideas wanted for discussing English buildings are provided step by step and all phrases are in actual fact outlined and amply illustrated as they're brought. The textual content is interspersed all through with workouts and useful assignments which scholars will locate either helpful and relaxing.

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If A and B do have different characteristics, then linear order is used to code the relationship between A and B rather than the categorial identity of A and B. The reference point for linear coding could be a lexical category, such as a verb, or it could be a phrasal, clausal, or sentential boundary, provided these are overtly marked in the language. The choice of reference point depends to a large degree on the morphological characteristics of the language. There can be only one potential instantiation of the reference point per construction.

Mina) code remote previous mention, the domain of known referent, the domain of deduced referent, and the domain of deixis. Such findings clearly provide interesting and useful restraints on the types of typological generalizations that can be made concerning the domain of reference across languages. 9. Conclusions Language is a complex organism consisting of forms that interact with one another in the coding of various functions. The ability to explain these interactions contributes greatly to our ability to explain why a language is as it is; in other words, why it has certain kind of constructions and not others.

Languages from other parts of the world are used as sources only if the relevant prototypical function does not occur in English. The extension of the notion of prototype to cross-linguistic typology of grammatical categories has several drawbacks. First, comparison across languages is based on some perceived semantic similarity between two or more forms. However, there is no way of knowing whether this semantic overlap represents the central function of these forms or whether it is only marginal.

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