An Introduction to Syntax: Fundamentals of Syntactic Analysis
By: Edith A. Moravcsik (author) Hardback
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This comprehensive introduction presents the basic goals and tools of syntactic analysis. The conceptual framework is theory-neutral, presenting a scientific introduction to the field. The chapters in the first half of the book present a detailed introduction to synchronic description. The second half of the book examines variation and change, syntactic typology, and language acquisition, and possible explanations from structural, evolutionary and functional perspectives.
About Author Dr Edith A. Moravcsik is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Contents PREFACE; PART I. INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER 1. WHAT IS SYNTAX?; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Studying the world; 3. Studying language; 4. Why syntax?; 5. Conclusions; NOTES. QUESTIONS; PART II. SYNTACTIC DESCRIPTION; CHAPTER 2. LINEAR ORDER; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Temporal relations: some possibilities; 3. Temporal relations of words: some facts; 4. Conclusions; NOTES; QUESTIONS; CHAPTER 3. SELECTION; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Selection: some possibilities; 3. Selection in syntax: some facts; 4. Conclusions; NOTES; QUESTIONS; CHAPTER 4. CATEGORIES; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Partonomy and taxonomy: some possibilities; 3. Partonomy and taxonomy in syntax: some facts; 4. Conclusions; NOTES; QUESTIONS; CHAPTER 5. SYNTAX, MEANING, AND SOUND FORM; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Symbolic equivalence: some possibilities; 3. Symbolic equivalence in syntax: some facts; 4. Conclusions; NOTES; QUESTIONS; CHAPTER 6. VARIATION AND CHANGE; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Variation and change: some possibilities; 3. Syntactic variation; 4. Syntactic change; 5. Conclusions; NOTES; QUESTIONS; PART III. CONCLUSION; CHAPTER 7. EXPLAINING SYNTAX; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Structural explanations; 3. Evolutionary explanations; 4. Functional Explanations; 5. Conclusions; NOTES; QUESTIONS; GLOSSARY; REFERENCES.
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