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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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Descriptive Syntax and the English Verb

Descriptive Syntax and the English Verb

1st Edition

By David Kilby
March 29, 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

By Robert R. van Oirsouw
March 29, 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 ...

Some Syntactic Rules in Mohawk

Some Syntactic Rules in Mohawk

1st Edition

By Paul Martin Postal
April 20, 2018

The aim of this syntactic study, first published in 1979, is to formulate part of a generative grammar of Mohawk. A generative grammar is a finite set of explicit rules which enumerate the sentences of the language and which automatically assign to each sentence its correct grammatical analysis or ...

An Introduction to Transformational Syntax

An Introduction to Transformational Syntax

1st Edition

By Roger Fowler
March 29, 2018

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...

Comparative Constructions in Spanish and French Syntax

Comparative Constructions in Spanish and French Syntax

1st Edition

By Susan Price
March 29, 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 ...

Essentials of Grammatical Theory A Consensus View of Syntax and Morphology

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

1st Edition

By D. J. Allerton
March 29, 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 ...

Evidence for Multiattachment in K'ekchi Mayan

Evidence for Multiattachment in K'ekchi Mayan

1st Edition

By Ava Berinstein
March 29, 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 ...

Interaction of Morphology and Syntax in American Sign Language

Interaction of Morphology and Syntax in American Sign Language

1st Edition

By Carol A. Padden
March 29, 2018

This study, first published in 1988, examines cases of interaction of morphology and syntax in American Sign Language and proposes that clause structure and syntactic phenomena are not defined in terms of verb agreement or sign order, but in terms of grammatical relations. Using the framework of ...

Mojave Syntax

Mojave Syntax

1st Edition

By Pamela Munro
March 29, 2018

In this study the author not only comments on some of the important processes in the syntax of the Mojave language but also provides the reader with an introduction to a language whose grammar had, previous to the titles publication in 1976, never been described. This title will be of interest to ...

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

By Brian D. Joseph
March 29, 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 ...

On Syntax of Negation

On Syntax of Negation

1st Edition

By Itziar Laka
March 29, 2018

The central concern of this title, first published in 1994, is the syntactic nature of negation in Universal Grammar, and its relation to other functional elements in the Syntax. The study argues that negation is not a syntactic category on its own; rather, it is one of the values of a more ...

Reflexivization A Study in Universal Syntax

Reflexivization: A Study in Universal Syntax

1st Edition

By Leonard M. Faltz
March 29, 2018

This title, first published in 1985, is the result of a cross-linguistic, comparative study of reflexives, with a major role played by syntactic conditions on reflexivization rules. The basic definitions outlined in the book lead to a discussion of morphological types, discussions about syntax, and...

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