Syntactic Relations A Critical Survey
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Description: Accounts of syntax are usually based on two assumptions: firstly, that a sentence comprises a hierarchy of phrases, forming a 'tree' structure; and secondly, that phrases have 'heads', on which subordinate units depend. These fundamental assumptions are questioned in this critical new survey, which argues that neither concept is important as is claimed, and that syntactic relations are in fact far more varied. Drawing on data from English as well as other major European languages, it summarizes earlier accounts of syntactic structure and looks at the different ways in which specific constructions have been described - the subject of much disagreement between linguists. It explores the problems faced by particular analyses, and raises the question of whether syntax should be simpler than it is. Suitable for non-specialists and complete with a clear and useful glossary, Syntactic Relations will become an essential and thought-provoking read for students and researchers in linguistic theory.
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List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/11/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Where shall we start?|
|What beginners are told|
|The doctrine of phrases|
|What is a head?|
|Heads and dependents|
|Where arguments are complementary|
|Must phrases have heads?|
|Determiners and pronouns|
|Where does this lead us?|
|What is universal?|
|Types of construction|
|One head or two?|
|Types of dominance|
|Phrase structure and dependency|
|How far is there equivalence?|
|Layering in noun phrases|
|Why should constituency be thought fundamental?|
|Structures and categories|
|Must constructions reduce to tree structures?|
|How reduction is achieved|
|Should syntax not be simpler?|