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Syntactic Phenomena of English, Vol. 2 #2: The Syntactic Phenomena of English, Volume 2by James Mccawley
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This second edition of James D. McCawley's classic textbook offers in one volume a complete course in the syntactic structure of English. New to this edition are sections on appositive constructions, parasitic gaps, contrastive negation, and comparative conditional sentences, as well as expanded coverage of cleft sentences and free relatives. The presentation is coherent, comprehensive, and systematically organized, beginning with an overview of McCawley's approach to syntactic analysis and progressing through the major constructions and processes of English grammar. No prior special knowledge of syntax is presupposed, and the number and variety of exercises after each chapter have been increased.
And now available from the author! Answers to Selected Exercises.
Instructors using James D. McCawley's The Syntactic Phenomena of English, Second Edition may request a complimentary copy of Answers to Selected Exercises in The Syntactic Phenomena of English by writing on their department's letterhead to the author, James D. McCawley, Department of Linguistics, 1010 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. [Note: This material is available only from the author and is not available from the University of Chicago Press.]
Book News Annotation:
Volume 2 carries ISBN 0-226-55626-3. The set was originally announced as a single-volume work.
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James D. McCawley, one of the most original and insightful of syntacticians currently practicing, now gives the most comprehensive text available on syntax. Meant primarily for graduate students and advanced undergraduates, 'The Syntactic Phenomena of English' presumes little prior linguistic training and covers all important syntactic constructions in English. McCawley emphasizes the constructions themselves more than the theory, and the exercises he provides throughout take students beyond the text and give them practice in doing real linguistics. Professional linguists will also learn much from McCawley's analyses and the novel variant of transformational grammar that he develops as well as from the large amount of new data that he presents.
About the Author
James D. McCawley is the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Far Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including Adverbs, Vowels and Other Objects of Wonder and Everything that Linguists Have Always Wanted to Know About Logic, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition
Abbreviations and Special Symbols
2. Overview of the Scheme of Syntactical Analysis Adopted Below
3. Some Tests for Deep and Surface Constituent Structure
4. Some Subject-Changing Transformations
6. Rule Interaction
7. Syntactic Categories
8. Auxiliary Verbs
10. Surface Combinatoric Rules
12. The Structure of Noun Phrases
13. Relative Clauses
14. Interrogative Clauses
15. Principles Restricting and Extending the Application of Transformations
16. Other Types of Nondeclarative Sentences
18. Scope of Quantifiers and Negations
20. Comparative Constructions
21. Discourse Syntax
22. Patches and Syntactic Mimicry
Selected Wrong Answers to Exercises
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