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This is a textbook of a fundamental kind, designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of syntax. Professor Matthews does not expound the model of any one theoretical school; nor does he attempt a straightforward synthesis of already published work. He believes that students have much to gain from the descriptive traditions of individual languages as well as from theorists. His approach is therefore thematic, dealing with the nature of syntactic relations and all the main types of construction (predication, attribution, coordination etc.). There is much that is original, and every chapter manifests Professor Matthews' characteristic good sense and scholarly discernment. Students will find this volume a challenging one, for Professor Matthews draws attention to the weakness of much current syntactic theory and, in particular, considers the problem of indeterminacy, which theorists have not been able to treat in any systematic way. However the exposition is always lucid and helpfully exemplified, mainly by English. Each chapter ends with a detailed bibliographical survey, which includes notes on terminology and other points of difficulty. Syntax clearly bridges the gap between the teaching of English grammar and that of more theoretical models. Students of English language and linguistics generally will find it a textbook of lasting value.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521297097
ISBN-10: 0521297095
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jul-1981
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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