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Books: Syntax: Lockwood

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  1. rwilson, Syntactic Analysis and Description: Lockwood

Message 1: Syntactic Analysis and Description: Lockwood

Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 05:01:31 +0000
From: rwilson <>
Subject: Syntactic Analysis and Description: Lockwood

Title: Syntactic Analysis and Description
Subtitle: A Constructional Approach
Series Title: Open Linguistics 
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd		 
Author: David G. Lockwood, Michigan State University 

Hardback: ISBN: 0826455212, Pages: 392, Price: GBP75.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0826455220, Pages: 392, Price: GBP25.00			


This book is designed to teach undergraduate and beginning graduate
students about the varieties of syntactic phenomena in different
languages and a method of analyzing and describing them. The method is
based on the concept of the syntactic construction, which is shared by
various views of language structure. In this particular presentation,
a construction is characterized as a combination of obligatory and
optional functions, and each of these functions is related to a class
of manifestations. Syntax as a whole is then seen as interrelating
constructions on the ranks (size-levels) of the phrase, clause, and

Besides the essential features of phrase, clause, and sentence
structures, there are chapters devoted to special topics such as
clitics, negation, clausal organization, and voice and related
devices. While the emphasis is on the actual syntactic structures
observable in the data, the relation of syntactic phenomena to
linguistic meaning is also considered. In particular, the final
chapter shows how account of syntax can often be simplified if control
from meaning structure is assumed. Throughout the book, a distinction
between meaningfulness and syntactic-well formedness is consistently

Lingfield(s): Syntax
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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