Elements of Structural Syntax

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This volume appears now finally in English, sixty years after the death of its author, Lucien Tesnière. It has been translated from the French original into German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian, and now at long last into English as well. The volume contains a comprehensive approach to the syntax of natural languages, an approach that is foundational for an entire stream in the modern study of syntax and grammar. This stream is known today as dependency grammar (DG). Drawing examples from dozens of languages, many of which he was proficient in, Tesnière presents insightful analyses of numerous phenomena of syntax. Among the highlights are the concepts of valency and head-initial vs. head-final languages. These concepts are now taken for granted by most modern theories of syntax, even by phrase structure grammars, which represent, in a sense, the opposite sort of approach to syntax from what Tesnière was advocating.

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Table of Contents
List of stemmas
Translators’ Introduction
Sylvain Kahane and Timothy Osborne
Preface to the first original edition
Preface to the second original edition
Part 1. The connection
Structure of the simple sentence
Question and negation
Part 2. Junction
Part 3. Transfer
First-degree transfer, simple transfer
First-degree transfer, multiple transfer
Second degree transfer, simple transfer
Second-degree transfer, multiple transfer
Index of terms
Index of languages
Index of linguists
Index of citations
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