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An Introduction to Transformational Syntax

1st Edition

By Roger Fowler


188 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Syntax

This set reissues 22 books on syntax, originally published between 1971 and 1994. Together, the volumes cover key topics within the larger subject of syntax, including reflexivization, morphology and syntactical theory. Written by an international set of scholars, particular volumes focus on languages such as French and Spanish, whilst other volumes are devoted specifically to syntax in the English language. This collection provides insight and perspective on various elements of syntax over a period of over 20 years and demonstrates its enduring importance as a field of research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax