5th Edition

Understanding Syntax





ISBN 9780367198404
Published December 8, 2019 by Routledge
366 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

USD $51.95

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Book Description

Assuming no prior grammatical knowledge, Understanding Syntax explains and illustrates the major concepts, categories and terminology involved in the study of cross-linguistic syntax. Taking a theory-neutral and descriptive viewpoint throughout, this book:

  • introduces syntactic typology, syntactic description and the major typological categories found in the languages of the world;
  • clarifies with examples grammatical constructions and relationships between words in a clause, including word classes and their syntactic properties; grammatical relations such as subject and object; case and agreement processes; passives; questions and relative clauses;
  • features in-text and chapter-end exercises to extend the reader’s knowledge of syntactic concepts and argumentation, drawing on data from over 100 languages;
  • highlights the principles involved in writing a brief syntactic sketch of language.

This fifth edition has been revised and updated to include extended exercises in all chapters, updated further readings, and more extensive checklists for students. Accompanying e-resources have also been updated to include hints for instructors and additional links to further reading.

Understanding Syntax is an essential textbook for students studying the description of language, cross-linguistic syntax, language typology and linguistic fieldwork.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures

Note to the instructor

Note to the student

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations used in examples

1 What is syntax?

2 Words belong to different classes
3 Looking inside sentences
4 Heads and their dependents

5 How do we identify constituents?
6 Relationships within the clause

7 Processes that change grammatical relations

Wh-constructions: questions and relative clauses

9 Asking questions about syntax

Sources of data used in examples
Glossary
References
Language index
Subject index

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Author(s)

Biography

Maggie Tallerman is Emerita Professor of Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK

Reviews

"Understanding Syntax is an essential resource for any student of syntax. Written in a lively, accessible style, Tallerman uses a great range of examples from across the world’s languages to introduce the most important concepts in the study of grammar in a clear and comprehensive way. This is one of my favourite textbooks – I can’t recommend it highly enough."

Diane Nelson, University of Leeds, UK

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