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Transformational Grammar By Andrew Radford (University of Essex)

Transformational Grammar
by Andrew Radford (University of Essex)

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Andrew Radford's textbook is principally for students with little or no background in syntax who need an introduction to contemporary work on transformational grammar. It covers four main topics - the goals of linguistic theory, syntactic structure, the nature and role of the lexicon, and the function of transformations and the principles governing their application.
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Transformational Grammar: A First Course by Andrew Radford (University of Essex)

Andrew Radford's new textbook is principally for students with little or no background in syntax who need a lively and up-to-date introduction to contemporary work on transformational grammar. It covers four main topics - the goals of linguistic theory, syntactic structure, the nature and role of the lexicon, and the function of transformations and the principles governing their application. The framework takes into account the major works such as Chomsky's Knowledge of Language and Barriers written since the publication of Radford's widely acclaimed Transformational Syntax in 1981. Not only does the present book use a more recent theoretical framework, but at the descriptive level it covers a wider range of constructions and rules than its predecessor. Andrew Radford is well known for his effective pedagogical approach, and in this book even more care has been devoted to providing a sympathetic and non-technical introduction to the field. At the end of each chapter are exercises which reinforce the text, enable students to apply the various concepts, etc. discussed, or encourage them to look more critically at some of the assumptions and analyses presented. The book also has a detailed bibliographical background section and an extensive bibliography which will be a useful source of reference to the primary literature. Although intended principally as a coursebook for students of syntax or English grammar, Transformational Grammar will be invaluable to any reader who needs a straightforward and comprehensive introduction to the latest developments in this field.

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Transformational Grammar Reviews


"...it desrves full recognition for its clarity and excellent layout. ...this appears to be one of the pedagogically soundest introductions to transformational grammer on the market, and we can but recommend it." The Journal of Indo-European Studies

Table of Contents


Prologue; Acknowledgments; 1. Goals; 2. Structure; 3. Phrase-markers; 4. Noun phrases; 5. Other phrases; 6. Clauses; 7. The lexicon; 8. Transformations; 9. WH movement; 10. Alpha movement; Bibliographical background; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR001987324
Transformational Grammar: A First Course by Andrew Radford (University of Essex)
Andrew Radford (University of Essex)
Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1988-05-26
640
0521347505
9780521347501
N/A
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