The Structure of Modern English

A linguistic introduction

| The University of British Columbia
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The Structure of Modern English is an extensive introduction to all aspects of Modern English structure, including:
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Lexical and sentence semantics
  • Syntax
  • Pragmatics

This text is for advanced undergraduate (and graduate) students interested in contemporary English, especially those whose primary area of interest is English as a second language, primary or secondary-school education, English stylistics, theoretical and applied linguistics, or speech pathology. Focus is exclusively on English data, providing an empirical explication of the structure of the language, rather than exploring theoretical questions ortheory for theory’s sake. The text does use linguistic theory but presupposes little or no background in linguistics or any particular linguistic predilection.The textbook begins with units on English phonology and morphology, including a full discussion of the grammatical categories of English. A section on lexical semantics follows which examines structural semantics,modal auxiliaries, lexical aspect and related topics. The next section analyzes — in detail — English syntax from a broadly generative perspective. Then there is an examination of the interaction of syntax and semantics with respect to thematic roles and event structure. A final section covers the study of information structuring, speech act theory, and conversational maxims.

Accompanying the text is a pedagogically useful CD-ROM that is a complete workbook with numerous self-testing exercises. Additionally, the CD presents suggestions for pedagogical applications of the material in the textbook in a teachers section.

[Not in series, 94]  2000.  xxii, 335 pp. (incl. workbook on CD-rom)
Publishing status: Obsolete
Table of Contents
List of Tables
xiii
List of Tables
xiii
List of Figures
xv
List of Figures
xv
Acknowledgments
xvii
Acknowledgments
xvii
Preface
xix
Preface
xix
A note to the student on punctuation
xx
A note to the student on punctuation
xx
Unit 1. The Study of English
Unit 1. The Study of English
1. The Nature of Language and Linguistics
3
1. The Nature of Language and Linguistics
3
Unit 2. The Speech Sounds of English
Unit 2. The Speech Sounds of English
2. English Consonants and Vowels
18
2. English Consonants and Vowels
18
3. English Phonology, Phonotactics, and Suprasegmentals
47
3. English Phonology, Phonotactics, and Suprasegmentals
47
Unit 3. The Structure and Meaning of English Words
Unit 3. The Structure and Meaning of English Words
4. The Internal Structure of Words and Processes of Word Formation in English
73
4. The Internal Structure of Words and Processes of Word Formation in English
73
5. Grammatical Categories and Word Classes
103
5. Grammatical Categories and Word Classes
103
6. Lexical Semantics
129
6. Lexical Semantics
129
Unit 4. The Structure of English Sentences
Unit 4. The Structure of English Sentences
7. Phrasal Structure and Verb Complementation
163
7. Phrasal Structure and Verb Complementation
163
8. Adverbials, Auxiliaries, and Sentence Types
191
8. Adverbials, Auxiliaries, and Sentence Types
191
9. Finite and Nonfinite Clauses
215
9. Finite and Nonfinite Clauses
215
Unit 5. The Meaning of English Sentences and their Communicative Functions
Unit 5. The Meaning of English Sentences and their Communicative Functions
10. Sentence Semantics
264
10. Sentence Semantics
264
11. Information Structuring and Speech Acts
290
11. Information Structuring and Speech Acts
290
References
317
References
317
Appendices
323
Appendices
323
Subject Index
327
Subject Index
327
“We are not really educated until we understand the language in which we speak, write, and think. No one can work with language or literature who does not know how language works. Laurel Brinton’s textbook The Structure of Modern English tells how the English language works, and does so with clarity, comprehensiveness, and interest. This is a first-rate introduction to the most basic of human abilities and the most important of human capacities: language. It involves its reader with a skillful system of self-correcting exercises on CD-ROM. This is a linguistic textbook for the 21st century.”
“As somebody who has been experimenting with finding the ideal textbook for classes on the structure of English for about ten years, I truly welcome Brinton's contribution to this genre. Brinton's textbook is unique in its combination of density and breadth of topics, lecture style and self-assessment, and its richness of data from contemporary English.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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