Structural Ambiguity in English

Structural Ambiguity in English : An Applied Grammatical Inventory

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Structural Ambiguity in English is a major new scholarly work that provides an innovative and accessible linguistic description of those features of the language that can be exploited to generate structural ambiguities.Most ambiguity scholarship is concerned with disambiguation-the process of making what is ambiguous clear. This book takes the opposite approach as it focuses on describing the features in the English language that may contribute towards the creation of structural ambiguities, which form the core of some of the best word-plays found in advertising, comedy and marketing. Oaks utilizes a systematic and comprehensive inventory approach that identifies individual elements in the language and their distinctive behaviors that can be manipulated in the deliberate creation of structural ambiguities. In doing so he also provides authentic examples to illustrate the concepts he presents. This book will appeal to researchers and academics interested in the structure of the English language, usage, pragmatics, communication, natural language processing, editing, and humor studies as well as those in marketing, advertising, or humor writing.
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  • Paperback | 562 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 28mm | 778g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 144114045X
  • 9781441140456
  • 2,836,247

Table of contents

Volume I; Part I: Preliminary Considerations; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Pragmatics and Structural Ambiguity; 3. Phonological Influences on Structural Ambiguity; 4. Auxiliary Verbs and Clause Types; 5. Inventory of Affixes, Contractions, and Morphological Processes; Part The Lexical Inventory --Form Classes; 6. Inventory of Nouns; 7. Inventory of Verbs Part I: Transitive Verbs; 8. Inventory of Verbs Part II: Additional Verbs; 9. Inventory of Adjectives and Adverbs; Volume II; Part III: The Lexical Inventory--Structure Classes; 10. Inventory of Pronouns; 11. Inventory of Prepositions; 12. Inventory of Conjunctions; Part IV: Scope and Modification; 13. Inventory of Prenominal Modifiers; 14. Inventory of Other Modification and Scope Ambiguities; Part V: Other Syntactic Considerations; 15. Ellipsis; 16. Questions and Indirect Reported Speech; 17. Fixed Expressions; Conclusion; 18. Conclusion and Formulas; Appendices; Index.
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About Dallin Oaks

Dallin D. Oaks is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at Brigham Young University, USA.
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