An introduction to the main categories, constructions, terminology and problems associated with syntax, providing a basis from which students can proceed to more advanced work. It also teaches the reader how to read non-English examples by studying interlinear glosses.
Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it discusses and illustrates all the major terms and concepts essential to the study of sentence structure in the world's languages. 'Noun' and 'verb' are explained, and the properties of these categories are discussed. The reader discovers what a finite verb is, what 'first person singular' means and what relative clauses look like. Concepts such as 'subject', 'object', 'gender', 'case', and 'subordination' are introduced and exemplified.
Initial illustration is from English whenever possible, with extensive additional material from several other languages. 'Exotic' constructions not found in related European languages are fully covered, so that verb serialization, ergative languages and head-marking languages are all included.
Why buy from World of Books
Our excellent value books literally don't cost the earth
'Tallerman's strongly comparative approach to introducing the basic concepts of syntax has materialised in a very readable and interesting book...Understanding Syntax is an absolute pleasure to read, thanks to its casual, down-to-earth style. It is user-friendly and accessible, and takes its readers seriously' GLOT International
About Maggie Tallerman
Maggie Tallerman is a Reader in the School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Table of Contents
What is syntax? Words belong to different classes Looking inside sentences Head words and phrases How do we identify constituents? Relationship within the clause Syntactic processes.
Understanding Syntax by Maggie Tallerman
Used - Very Good
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.