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Author Osborne, Timothy John, author.

Title A dependency grammar of English : an introduction and beyond / Timothy Osborne, Zhejiang University
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (ix, 447 pages)
Contents Some concepts of syntactic theory -- Dependency and phrase structure -- The argument for dependency -- Units of structure -- Morphological, semantic, and prosodic dependencies -- Valency -- Word order -- Types of discontinuities -- Islands -- Coordination -- The structure of coordination -- Ellipsis -- More ellipsis -- The syntax of comparatives
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 16, 2020)
Subject English language -- Dependency grammar.
Dependency grammar.
Dependency grammar.
English language -- Dependency grammar.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019021828
ISBN 9789027262288