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Analysing English Sentences

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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521669702
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  • Andrew Radford has acquired an unrivalled reputation over the past thirty years for writing syntax textbooks in which difficult concepts are clearly explained without the excessive use of technical jargon. Analysing English Sentences continues in this tradition, offering a well-structured introduction to English syntax and contemporary syntactic theory which is supported throughout with learning aids such as summaries, lists of key hypotheses and principles, extensive references, handy hints and exercises. Instructors will also benefit from the book's free online resources, which include PowerPoint slides of chapter key points and analyses of exercise material, as well as an answer key for all the in-book exercises. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout, including additional exercises and an entirely new chapter on exclamative and relative clauses. Assuming no prior knowledge of grammar, this is an approachable introduction to the subject for undergraduate and graduate students.

    • Workbook sections enable students to gain hands-on experience in analysing specific phenomena
    • An extensive glossary provides students who have little or no linguistic background with a clear explanation of traditional and contemporary grammatical terminology
    • Accompanying online materials, including PowerPoint materials and an answer key, are an invaluable resource for instructors
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    'Masterly, challenging and radically innovative.' Neil Smith, University College London

    'I learned the basics of syntactic argumentation by reading (and doing the exercises in) Andrew Radford's 1981 Transformational Syntax. Analysing English Sentences is an excellent continuation of that tradition.' Chris Collins, New York University

    'Another outstanding textbook from Radford - it is very up to date and takes students through the complexities of syntactic theory and how to do syntactic analysis in the most manageable way possible.' Alison Henry, University of Ulster

    'Andrew Radford's new edition of Analysing English Sentences is, like his previous textbooks, unparalleled for clarity, thoroughness and critical depth. In addition to offering an outstanding, step-by-step guide to the key notions of current syntactic theory, it provides through its exercise material a unique tool for students to assess the merits of a syntactic argument and to construct their own analyses.' Guglielmo Cinque, Ca' Foscari University, Venice

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521669702
    • length: 592 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.16kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Grammar
    2. Words
    3. Structure
    4. Null constituents
    5. Head movement
    6. Wh-movement
    7. A-bar movement.

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    Andrew Radford is Emeritus Professor at the University of Essex. His popular textbooks include An Introduction to English Sentence Structure (2009), Minimalist Syntax (2004) and Syntactic Theory and the Structure of English (1997), all published by Cambridge University Press.

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