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.
- Hardback | 350 pages
- 156 x 234 x 20.57mm | 680g
- 05 Dec 2019
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- 5th New edition
- 3 Line drawings, black and white; 9 Tables, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and white
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10 Oct 2013
Table of contents
Note to the instructor
Note to the student
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
8 Wh-constructions: questions and relative clauses
9 Asking questions about syntax
Sources of data used in examples
Diane Nelson, University of Leeds, UK
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