A Dependency Grammar of English

An introduction and beyond

| Zhejiang University
ISBN 9789027203458 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027262288 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Dependency grammar (DG) is an approach to the syntax of natural languages with a long and venerable tradition, yet awareness of its potential to serve as a basis for principled analyses of natural language syntax is minimal due to the predominance of phrase structure grammar (PSG). This book presents a DG of English with two main goals in mind. The first is to make the principles of dependency syntax accessible to a general audience so that the novice linguist as well as the seasoned syntactician becomes fully aware of what makes DG unique as an approach to the study of natural language syntax. The second is to present and develop a version of DG that then serves as a principled basis for the investigation of central areas of the syntax of English, such as long-distance dependencies, coordination, ellipsis, valency, etc. An overarching theme in all this is that DG is simple compared to PSG, yet despite this simplicity, it is quite effective at shedding light on the nature of syntactic phenomena.
[Not in series, 224]  2019.  ix, 447 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Some concepts of syntactic theory
Chapter 2. Dependency and phrase structure
Chapter 3. The argument for dependency
Chapter 4. Units of structure
Chapter 5. Morphological, semantic, and prosodic dependencies
Chapter 6. Valency
Chapter 7. Word order
Chapter 8. Types of discontinuities
Chapter 9. Islands
Chapter 10. Coordination
Chapter 11. The structure of coordination
Chapter 12. Ellipsis
Chapter 13. More ellipsis
Chapter 14. The syntax of comparatives
Concluding statements
Index of authors
Subject index


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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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