Analyzing Grammar

Analyzing Grammar : An Introduction

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Analyzing Grammar is a clear introductory textbook on grammatical analysis, designed for students beginning to study the discipline. Covering both syntax (the structure of phrases and sentences) and morphology (the structure of words), it equips them with the tools and methods needed to analyze grammatical patterns in any language. Students are shown how to use standard notational devices such as phrase structure trees and word-formation rules, as well as prose descriptions. Emphasis is placed on comparing the different grammatical systems of the world's languages, and students are encouraged to practice the analyses through a diverse range of problem sets and exercises. Topics covered include word order, constituency, case, agreement, tense, gender, pronoun systems, inflection, derivation, argument structure and grammatical relations, and a useful glossary provides a clear explanation of each term. Accessibly written and comprehensive, Analyzing Grammar is set to become a key text for all courses in grammatical analysis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 173 x 241 x 23mm | 680g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises; 28 Line drawings, unspecified
  • 0521016533
  • 9780521016537
  • 122,406

Table of contents

1. Grammatical form; 2. Analyzing word structure; 3. Constituent structure; 4. Semantic roles and grammatical relations; 5. Lexical entries and well-formed clauses; 6. Noun phrases; 7. Case and agreement; 8. Noun classes and pronouns; 9. Tense, aspect and modality; 10. N on-verbal predicates; 11. Special sentences types; 12. Subordinate clauses; 13. Derivational morphology; 14. Valence-changing morphology; 15. Allomorphy; 16. Non-linear morphology; 17. Clitics.
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About Paul R. Kroeger

Paul R. Kroeger is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Linguistics at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas.
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This is a linguistics text and not a guide to traditional grammar. The book is aimed at furnishing student linguists with the theoretical knowledge of grammatical and morphological concepts with future fieldwork in mind. This was the prescribed text for my 3rd year morphology and syntax course at uni. This book is an excellent and comprehensive edition with a wide scope providing a sound basis for further study. The book uses a wide and balanced variety of language data to illustrate concepts. European, African, Asian, Semitic languages are all covered used to illustrate concepts as well as a wide variety of lesser known language groups. This work is heavily referenced and provides plenty of sources to follow up on any particular subject. Each chapter has a set of practical exercises to apply the concepts, however there is no answer key. The exercises are designed to provide students the opportunity to see the theory in practise and apply that theory in fieldwork. I would not recommend this book for people without a 1st year level of linguistics. The best outcome for me was a greatly improved understanding of grammar and furnishing me with an appropriate metalanguage to understand morphosyntax of English and my own 2nd language studies.show more
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