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Syntactic Constructions in English

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  • Date Published: July 2020
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108455862

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  • Construction grammar (CxG) is a framework for syntactic analysis that takes constructions - pairings of form and meaning that range from the highly idiomatic to the very general - to be the building blocks of sentence meaning. Offering the first comprehensive introduction to CxG to focus on both English words and the constructions that combine them, this textbook shows students not only what the analyses of particular structures are, but also how and why those analyses are constructed, with each chapter taking the student step-by-step through the reasoning processes that yield the best description of a data set. It offers a wealth of illustrative examples and exercises, largely based on real language data, making it ideal for both self-study and classroom use. Written in an accessible and engaging way, this textbook will open up this increasingly popular linguistic framework to anyone interested in the grammatical patterns of English.

    • The first comprehensive introduction to formal construction grammar that focuses on both general and idiomatic constructions of English
    • Bases its wide range of examples and exercises on real language data, in line with current teaching trends in the field
    • Uses straightforward language to engage non-native as well as native speakers, and draws on current trends in English language pedagogy
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    'Adopting the traditional perspective that constructions are at the heart of the grammar of English and other languages, Kim and Michaelis provide a detailed introduction to English syntax within the Sign-Based Construction Grammar framework (SBCG). They consider all the main syntactic phenomena of English, and in each area consider both what is assumed and why it is assumed. The book is a valuable addition to textbooks on English syntax. Anyone who learns about syntax from it will end up with considerable knowledge both of English syntax and of the SBCG framework.' Bob Borsley, Emeritus Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex

    'This is a thorough, textbook introduction to classic topics in English syntax, from raising and control to clefting. It needs to be praised for at least two reasons: it satisfies those who are keen on formalism but do not subscribe to the generative model and it brings to the fore the importance of constructions in syntactic analysis.' Cristiano Broccias, Professor of English Linguistics, University of Genoa

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108455862
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 171 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is a theory of english syntax about?
    2. Lexical and phrasal signs
    3. Syntactic forms, grammatical functions, and semantic roles
    4. Head, complements, modifiers, and argument structures
    5. Combinatorial construction rules and principles
    6. Noun phrases and agreement
    7. Raising and control constructions
    8. Auxiliary and related constructions
    9. Passive constructions
    10. Interrogative and wh-question constructions
    11. Relative clause constructions
    12. Tough, extraposition and cleft constructions

  • Authors

    Jong-Bok Kim, Kyung Hee University, Seoul
    Jong-Bok Kim is Professor of English Linguistics at Kyung Hee University, Seoul.

    Laura A. Michaelis, University of Colorado Boulder
    Laura A. Michaelis is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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