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Essentials of Grammatical Theory

A Consensus View of Syntax and Morphology, 1st Edition

By D. J. Allerton


326 pages

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The aim of this book, first published in 1979, is to provide a sound basic introduction to the study of grammar within linguistics. The work concentrates primarily on the core of grammatical theory rather than a single narrow theoretical viewpoint. After introductory chapters on the study of language and language as a semiotic system, the precise tasks of grammatical theory are clearly outlined. The aims and problems of generative grammar are then described, and the importance of grammatical analysis is highlighted. The central part of the book is devoted to the fundamental questions of syntactic theory and a detailed study of morphology. Finally, the author surveys the problems of grammar beyond the sentence. This title will be of interest to students of linguistics.

Table of Contents

Typographical Conventions; Preface; 1. The Study of Language 2. Language as a Semiotic System 3. The Task of Grammar 4. Generative Grammar – Rules and Descriptions 5. Grammatical Analysis 6. Constructions – the Problem of "Bracketing" 7. Grammatical Class – The Problem of "Labelling" 8. Transformations 9. "Rank" – The Size Units of Grammar 10. Morphological Structure 11. Grammar and Meaning 12. Grammar and Discourse; Questions for Study; Further Reading; Bibliography; 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 / Morphology
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax