A Semantic Approach to English Grammar
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By (author) R. M. W. Dixon
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Semantic Approach to English Grammar by R. M. W. Dixon
Book DescriptionThis book shows how grammar helps people communicate and looks at the ways grammar and meaning interrelate. The author starts from the notion that a speaker codes a meaning into grammatical forms which the listener is then able to recover: each word, he shows, has its own meaning and each bit of grammar its own function, their combinations creating and limiting the possibilities for different words. He uncovers a rationale for the varying grammatical properties of different words and in the process explains many facts about English - such as why we can say I wish to go, I wish that he would go, and I want to go but not I want that he would go. The first part of the book reviews the main points of English syntax and discusses English verbs in terms of their semantic types including those of Motion, Giving, Speaking, Liking, and Trying. In the second part Professor Dixon looks at eight grammatical topics, including complement clauses, transitivity and causatives, passives, and the promotion of a non-subject to subject, as in Dictionaries sell well. This is the updated and revised edition of A New Approach to English Grammar on Semantic Principles. It includes new chapters on tense and aspect, nominalizations and possession, and adverbs and negation, and contains a new discussion of comparative forms of adjectives. It also explains recent changes in English grammar, including how they has replaced the tabooed he as a pronoun referring to either gender, as in When a student reads this book, they will learn a lot about English grammar in a most enjoyable manner.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199247400
(246mm x 172mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. M. W. Dixon
Are Some Languages Better Than Others?, Hardback (March 2016)
This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask: are some languages better than others? Written in the author's usual accessible and engaging style, the book outlines the essential and optional features of language, before concluding that the ideal language does not and probably never will exist.
Grammar of Knowledge, Paperback (March 2016)
This book explores the expression of information source, inferences, assumptions, probability and possibility, and gradations of doubt and beliefs across a wide range of languages in different cultural settings. Like others in the series it will interest both linguists and linguistically-minded anthropologists.
Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and Other Grammatical Wonders, Hardback (June 2015)
This book builds on R. M. W. Dixon's most influential work on the languages of North Queensland. It brings together studies in the fields of phonology, syntax, language contact, and language attrition, illustrated with examples of the unusual and theoretically significant features of the languages studied.
Possession and Ownership, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by R. M. W. Dixon
Linguists and anthropologists explore the intriguing variety of possessive phrases denoting ownership of property, whole-part relations (such as body and plant parts), and blood and affinal kinship relations across a wide range of languages. Like others in the series this pioneering book will be equally valued in linguistics and anthropology.
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Author Biography - R. M. W. Dixon
R.M.W. Dixon is Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. His books include The Dyirbal Language of North Queensland (1972), Where have all the adjectives gone? and Other Essays in Semantics and Syntax (1982), Ergativity (1994), The Rise and Fall of Languages (1997), Australian Languages: their Nature and Development (2002), and The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia (2004). He is the co-editor, with Alexandra Aikhenvald, of the Oxford series Explorations in Linguistic Typology.
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