This study, first published in 1982, attempts to show that the foundations of a contextual grammar of English must be firmly based on an adequate definition of the sentence. This book will be of interest to students of language and linguistics.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1: The Nature of the Clause; 1. Sentence and Clause in English 2. The Clause as Sole Device of Lexical Selection 3. The Contrast in Grammatical Status Between Clauses; Part 2: Subordination in English; 4. Subordination and the Contextualisation of the Main Clause 5. The Relative Clause 6. The Noun Clause: the That-Clause and the Wh-Clause 7. Adverbial Clauses with Subordinators 8. Non-Finite Clauses Which Have No Subordinators 9. Postmodifying Structures Other Than Relative and Adverbial Clause: Apposition and Interpolation; Part 3: Attempting a Definition of Sentence; 10. Summing Up the Clause as a Preliminary to Defining ‘Sentence’ 11. The Proposed Complementary Definitions of Sentence; Bibliography; Index