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An Introduction to Transformational Syntax

ISBN 9781138207660
Published March 28, 2018 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Transformational syntax is an analytic technique of grammatical description which has exciting psychological and philosophical ramifications inspiring creative research into the conceptual powers and behaviour of man. In this book, first published in 1971, the author suggests that the techniques of the classical period (1964-66) of transformational syntax provide the securest foundation for syntactic analysis, and are indispensable if students are to understand recent changes to the analytical technique. This title will be of interest to students of language and linguistics.

Table of Contents

Preface;  1. What is a Grammar?  2. Deep and Surface Structure  3. Consistent Structure: Syntactic Functions  4. Constituent Structure: Categories and Derivations  5. Lexical Interpretation  6. Deixis: Det and Aux  7. Derivation of a Simple Sentence  8. Negatives, Passives, Questions and Similar Structures  9. Pro-forms  10. Complex Sentences  11. Some Nominalizations  12. Relative Clauses and Adjectives Revisited  13. Conjoining Transformations  14. Postscript: Linguistic Universals and the Nature of Grammatical Descriptions;  Selected Reading;  Index

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