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Descriptive Syntax and the English Verb

1st Edition

By David Kilby


206 pages

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Paperback: 9781138698413
pub: 2018-03-27
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Intended for advanced students and researchers in linguistics, Descriptive Syntax and the English Verb, first published in 1984, focuses on the syntax of the English verb and notions of tense/aspect, transivity, passive, phrasal verb constructions, nominalisations and complement sentence types are explored. These constructions are shown to pose serious problems for past descriptive accounts either because of their patterning or because of their inherent variability within English.

David Kilby works towards more satisfactory solutions to the problem of describing these constructions, either by exposing the basis of their variability or by pursuing in more detail the consequences which might follow from various different hypotheses as to the nature of the problem. He shows that the structure of English is richer and more variable than can be accommodated in a brief grammatical outline of each area, aiming to sharpen awareness of the complexity of English structure, and at the same time showing the ways in which linguistic techniques can be used to gain insight into language structure.

Table of Contents

List of Tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Tense and Aspect 2. Transitivity 3. Functions of the Passive 4. The Range of the Passive 5. Passive Participles 6. Phrasal Verbs 7. Nominalisations 8. Ing 9. Non-Finite Sentence Complements 10. Finite Sentence Compliments 11. Conclusion; 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