Analysing Sentences : An Introduction to English Syntax book cover
5th Edition

Analysing Sentences
An Introduction to English Syntax

ISBN 9780367633752
Published September 28, 2021 by Routledge
292 Pages 307 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Analysing Sentences is an accessible and student-friendly introduction to the practical analysis of English sentence structure.

The book covers key concepts such as constituency, category and functions, and uses tree diagrams throughout to help the reader visualise the structure of sentences. The fifth edition of this best-selling textbook has been thoroughly updated and revised to feature new material, new example sentences and a more reader-friendly layout. The final chapter sets the analysis in its theoretical context and includes an introduction to constituency in X-bar syntax. The book is also supported by an updated companion website featuring extra exercises for students and a complete set of answers for instructors for the online activities and exercises in the book.

Accessible and clear, this book is the perfect textbook for readers coming to this topic for the first time. Featuring many in-text and end-of-chapter exercises, it is suitable for self-directed study as well as for use as core reading on introductory syntax courses.


Table of Contents

Preface to the fifth edition

Preface to the fourth edition

Preface to the third edition

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the first edition


1 Sentence Structure: Constituents

2 Sentence Structure: Functions

3 Sentence Structure: Categories

4 The basic Verb Phrase

5 Adverbials and Other Matters

6 More on verbs: auxiliary VPs

7 The structure of Noun Phrases

8 Sentences within Sentences

9 Wh-Clauses

10 Non-finite Clauses

11 Languages, Sentences, and Grammars


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Noel Burton-Roberts is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK.