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Routledge Library Editions: Syntax


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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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Essentials of Grammatical Theory: A Consensus View of Syntax and Morphology

Essentials of Grammatical Theory: A Consensus View of Syntax and Morphology

1st Edition

D. J. Allerton
March 27, 2018

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...

Thematic Theory in Syntax and Interpretation

Thematic Theory in Syntax and Interpretation

1st Edition

Robin Clark
March 27, 2018

In recent years, lexical argument structure, in the guise of thematic roles, has come to play an increasingly important part in syntactic theory. The first part of this book, first published in 1990, explores the interplay between thematic role assignment and movement processes, with particular...

Descriptive Syntax and the English Verb

Descriptive Syntax and the English Verb

1st Edition

David Kilby
March 27, 2018

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...

The Syntax of Coordination

The Syntax of Coordination

1st Edition

Robert R. van Oirsouw
March 27, 2018

Coordination is a syntactic construction which occurs in most languages. In the past, it has been a fruitful area of research, but also a controversial one. Arguments from coordination have been used in support of transformations, and against phrase-structure rules, but also in support of...

Comparative Constructions in Spanish and French Syntax

Comparative Constructions in Spanish and French Syntax

1st Edition

Susan Price
March 27, 2018

This study, first published in 1990, presents a comprehensive description of the comparative constructions of Spanish and French, and shows that the apparently numerous differences in their syntactic realisations can be accounted for by general constraints on the expression of comparison. There is...

Welsh Syntax: A Government-Binding Approach

Welsh Syntax: A Government-Binding Approach

1st Edition

Louisa Sadler
March 27, 2018

This book, first published in 1988, proposes an analysis of Welsh syntax within the theory of Government and Binding (GB). The main focus of the study is the theory of empty elements and the role of agreement phenomena in relation to empty categories. The study of the Celtic family of languages...

Evidence for Multiattachment in K'ekchi Mayan

Evidence for Multiattachment in K'ekchi Mayan

1st Edition

Ava Berinstein
March 27, 2018

This study, first published in 1985, analyses aspects of the syntax of K’ekchi, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala. Working in the framework of Relational Grammar, the author finds evidence for the constructions of Passive, Antipassive and 2-3 Retreat and provides formulations for the principles...

Theoretical Implications of Some Global Phenomena in Syntax

Theoretical Implications of Some Global Phenomena in Syntax

1st Edition

Gilles Fauconnier
March 27, 2018

This title, first published in 1979, centres on control and binding in networks of anaphora. A wide variety of phenomena which are superficially global rather than local processes are examined, and the study deals directly with aspects of natural logic and finds its empirical motivation in concrete...

Morphology and Universals in Syntactic Change: Evidence from Medieval and Modern Greek

Morphology and Universals in Syntactic Change: Evidence from Medieval and Modern Greek

1st Edition

Brian D. Joseph
March 27, 2018

This book, first published in 1990, is a study of both the specific syntactic changes in the more recent stages of Greek and of the nature of syntactic change in general. Guided by the constraints and principles of Universal Grammar, this hypothesis of this study allows for an understanding of how...

The Syntax and Semantics of Wh-Constructions

The Syntax and Semantics of Wh-Constructions

1st Edition

Paul Hirschbühler
March 27, 2018

This title, first published in 1985, provides a detailed analysis of aspects of the semantics and the syntax of some wh-constructions. The first part of the book deals with the semantics of questions, whilst the other part discusses the syntax of que and quoi (what) in questions in French and the...

Topics in French Syntax

Topics in French Syntax

1st Edition

Géraldine Legendre
March 27, 2018

The main goal of this study, first published in 1994, is to present a substantial part of the grammar of French. This goal is achieved by bringing together two aspects of syntactic investigation. First, the study focuses on a vast range of French clausal phenomena, including Object Raising...

The Syntax of the Albanian Verb Complex

The Syntax of the Albanian Verb Complex

1st Edition

Philip L. Hubbard
March 27, 2018

This work, first published in 1985, is an analysis of the syntax of the Albanian verb complex. The term "verb complex" is defined here as the verb stem and its conjugational endings, together with the perfect auxiliaries and verb clitics. In a wider sense the verb includes the verb and its central...

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