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Modern Syntax - A Coursebook (Paperback, New title): Andrew Carnie Modern Syntax - A Coursebook (Paperback, New title)
Andrew Carnie
R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This practical coursebook introduces all the basics of modern syntactic analysis in a simple step-by-step fashion. Each unit is constructed so that the reader discovers new ideas, formulates hypotheses and practises fundamentals. The reader is presented with short sections of explanation with examples, followed by practice exercises. Feedback and comment sections follow to enable students to monitor their progress. No previous background in syntax is assumed. Students move through all the key topics in the field including features, rules of combination and displacement, empty categories, and subcategorization. The theoretical perspective in this work is unique, drawing together the best ideas from three major syntactic frameworks (minimalism, HPSG and LFG). Students using this book will learn fundamentals in such a way that they can easily go on to pursue further study in any of these frameworks.

Don't Believe A Word - The Surprising Truth About Language (Hardcover): David Shariatmadari Don't Believe A Word - The Surprising Truth About Language (Hardcover)
David Shariatmadari 1
R453 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R65 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Wonderful. David Shariatmadari wears his deep learning with such an admirable and alluring lightness of touch . . . You finish the book more alive than ever to the enduring mystery and miracle of that thing that makes us most human' STEPHEN FRY Everyone likes to think they know a bit about language:There's a term in Portuguese you simply can't translate The origin of a word tells you how it should be used Standards of grammar have taken a nosedive recently The real meaning of 'disinterested' is 'unbiased' Computers will soon be able to speak like human beings A dialect is inferior to a language The problem is, none of these statements is true. Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures, and map its activity in the brain. But most of us know as much about language today as we did about physics before Galileo, and the little we know is still largely based on folklore, instinct or hearsay. In DON'T BELIEVE A WORD linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words. Exploding nine widely-held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, David Shariatmadari is an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity's greatest achievement.

Syntax of Dutch - Coordination and Ellipsis (Hardcover, 0): Norbert Corver, Hans Broekhuis Syntax of Dutch - Coordination and Ellipsis (Hardcover, 0)
Norbert Corver, Hans Broekhuis
R2,709 Discovery Miles 27 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Dutch, syntax, coordination, ellipsis

Introduccion a la Sintaxis del Espanol (Hardcover): Jose Camacho Introduccion a la Sintaxis del Espanol (Hardcover)
Jose Camacho
R1,942 Discovery Miles 19 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Written in Spanish by an experienced instructor, this textbook introduces students with no prior background in linguistics to the syntax of Spanish, exploring the building blocks of complex linguistic expressions. Variations across Spanish are highlighted and varieties spoken by bilinguals are included. New concepts are clearly presented through a gradual progression from simpler to more complex concepts, with definitions of key terms highlighted in boxes. Recent theoretical developments are presented in a theory-neutral framework, offering students a balanced perspective. Chapter learning objectives, numerous detailed examples, and summaries, enable students to build a solid knowledge and understanding of syntactic ideas from scratch. Both advanced and introductory exercises are included in every chapter, allowing students at all levels to put concepts into practice. Further reading suggestions, and expansion boxes highlight more complex developments, providing students with a platform for further exploration. This is an essential resource for introductory courses on Spanish syntax and linguistics.

The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence (Paperback): Jochen Trommer The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence (Paperback)
Jochen Trommer
R1,538 Discovery Miles 15 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Exponence refers to the mapping of morphosyntactic structure to phonological representations, a research area which is not only highly controversial, but also approached in fundamentally different ways in theoretical morphology and phonology. This volume brings together leading specialists from morphosyntax and morphophonology. The authors address common problems, questions and solutions in both areas, and formulate a coherent research program for exponence which integrates the central insights of the last decades and provides important new challenges for the future. The book is aimed at phonologists, morphologists, and syntacticians of all theoretical persuasions at graduate level and above.

Optimality Theory (Paperback): Rene Kager Optimality Theory (Paperback)
Rene Kager
R1,095 Discovery Miles 10 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is an introduction to Optimality Theory, whose central idea is that surface forms of language reflect resolutions of conflicts between competing constraints. The book does not limit its empirical scope to phonological phenomena, but also contains chapters on the learnability of OT grammars; OT's implications for syntax; and other issues such as opacity. Exercises accompany chapters 1-7, and there are sections on further reading. Optimality Theory will be welcomed by any linguist with a basic knowledge of derivational Generative Phonology.

Glossary of Morphology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Federico Vercellone, Salvatore Tedesco Glossary of Morphology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Federico Vercellone, Salvatore Tedesco
R2,605 Discovery Miles 26 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is a significant novelty in the scientific and editorial landscape. Morphology is both an ancient and a new discipline that rests on Goethe's heritage and re-forms it in the present through the concepts of form and image. The latter are to be understood as structural elements of a new cultural grammar able to make the late modern world intelligible. In particular, compared to the original Goethean project, but also to C.P. Snow's idea of unifying the "two cultures", the fields of morphological culture that are the object of this glossary have profoundly changed. The ever-increasing importance of the image as a polysemic form has made the two concepts absolutely transitive, so to speak. This is concomitant with the emergence of a culture that revolves around the image, attracting the verbal logos into its orbit. Incidentally, even the hermeneutic relationship between past and present relies more and more on the image, causing deep changes in cultural environments. Form and image are not just bridging concepts, as in the field of ancient morphology, but real transitive concepts that define the state of a culture. From the Internet to smartphones, television, advertising, etc., we are witnessing - as Horst Bredekamp observes - an immense mass of images that fill our time and affect the most diverse areas of our culture. The ancient connection between science and art recalled by Goethe emerges with unusual evidence thanks to intersecting patterns and expressive forms that are sometimes shared by different forms of knowledge. Creating a glossary and a culture of these intersections is the task of morphology, which thus enters into the boundaries between aesthetics, art, design, advertising, and sciences (from mathematics to computer science, to physics, and to biology), in order to provide the founding elements of a grammar and a syntax of the image. The latter, in its formal quality, both expressive and symbolic, is a fundamental element in the unification of the various kinds of knowledge, which in turn come to be configured, in this regard, also as styles of vision. The glossary is subdivided into contiguous sections, within a complex framework of cross-references. In addition to the two curators, the book features the collaboration of a team of scholars from the individual disciplines appearing in the glossary.

After Babel - Aspects of Language and Translation (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): George Steiner After Babel - Aspects of Language and Translation (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
George Steiner
R359 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R59 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On its first publication in 1975, After Babel quickly established itself as both controversial and seminal. George Steiner was the first since the eighteenth century to present a systematic investigation of the phenomenology and processes of translation both inside and between languages. Taking issue with the principal emphasis of modern linguistics, he finds the root of the `Babel problem' in our deep instinct for privacy and a unique body of shared secrecy. With this provocative thesis he analyses every aspect of translation, from fundamental conditions of interpretation to the most intricate of linguistic constructions.

This second edition has been completely revised and amended, and includes an updated bibliography and a new preface which sets the book in the present context of hermeneutics, poetics, and translation studies.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax (Hardcover, 2nd Edition): Martin Everaert, Henk C. van Riemsdijk The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax (Hardcover, 2nd Edition)
Martin Everaert, Henk C. van Riemsdijk
R35,906 Discovery Miles 359 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An invaluable reference tool for students and researchers in theoretical linguistics, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax, Second Edition has been updated to incorporate the last 10 years of syntactic research and expanded to include a wider array of important case studies in the syntax of a broad array of languages. * A revised and expanded edition of this invaluable reference tool for students and researchers in linguistics, now incorporating the last 10 years of syntactic research * Contains over 120 chapters that explain, analyze, and contextualize important empirical studies within syntax over the last 50 years * Charts the development and historiography of syntactic theory with coverage of the most important subdomains of syntax * Brings together cutting-edge contributions from a global group of linguists under the editorship of two esteemed syntacticians * Provides an essential and unparalleled collection of research within the field of syntax, available both online and across 8 print volumes

Syntactic Constructions in English (Paperback): Jong-Bok Kim, Laura A. Michaelis Syntactic Constructions in English (Paperback)
Jong-Bok Kim, Laura A. Michaelis
R761 Discovery Miles 7 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Construction grammar (CxG) is a framework for syntactic analysis that takes constructions - pairings of form and meaning that range from the highly idiomatic to the very general - to be the building blocks of sentence meaning. Offering the first comprehensive introduction to CxG to focus on both English words and the constructions that combine them, this textbook shows students not only what the analyses of particular structures are, but also how and why those analyses are constructed, with each chapter taking the student step-by-step through the reasoning processes that yield the best description of a data set. It offers a wealth of illustrative examples and exercises, largely based on real language data, making it ideal for both self-study and classroom use. Written in an accessible and engaging way, this textbook will open up this increasingly popular linguistic framework to anyone interested in the grammatical patterns of English.

Selected Writings of Otto Jespersen (Hardcover): Otto Jespersen Selected Writings of Otto Jespersen (Hardcover)
Otto Jespersen
R5,059 Discovery Miles 50 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume, first published in 1960 to commemorate the one hundredth birthday of Jespersen, collects together as many of his writings as possible in order to allow students of the English language, or indeed of language in general, to read those shorter papers which have hitherto escaped their notice. The layout of the book largely follows the nature of the subjects dealt with: English grammar, phonetics, history of English, language teaching, language in general, international language and miscellaneous papers.

Lexical-Functional Syntax (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Joan Bresnan, Ash Asudeh, Ida Toivonen, Stephen Wechsler Lexical-Functional Syntax (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Joan Bresnan, Ash Asudeh, Ida Toivonen, Stephen Wechsler
R741 Discovery Miles 7 410 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lexical-Functional Syntax, 2nd Edition, the definitive text for Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) with a focus on syntax, is updated to reflect recent developments in the field. * Provides both an introduction to LFG and a synthesis of major theoretical developments in lexical-functional syntax over the past few decades * Includes in-depth discussions of a large number of syntactic phenomena from typologically diverse languages * Features extensive problem sets and solutions in each chapter to aid in self-study * Incorporates reader feedback from the 1st Edition to correct errors and enhance clarity

Oxford Latin Syntax - Volume 1: The Simple Clause (Hardcover): Harm Pinkster Oxford Latin Syntax - Volume 1: The Simple Clause (Hardcover)
Harm Pinkster
R4,702 Discovery Miles 47 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this book, the first full-scale work of its kind in English, Harm Pinkster applies contemporary linguistic theories and the findings of traditional grammar to the study of Latin syntax. He takes a non-technical and principally descriptive approach, based on literary and non-literary texts dating from c.250 BC to c.450 AD. The book contains a wealth of examples to illustrate the grammatical phenomena under discussion, many of them from the works of Plautus and Cicero, alongside extensive references to other sources of examples such as the Oxford Latin Dictionary and the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae. This first volume focuses on the simple clause. It begins with an introduction to the sources used and to the approaches and conventions adopted, followed by a description of the basic grammatical concepts. Further chapters offer a thorough account of the features of the Latin simple clause, including verb frames, active vs passive mood, sentence type, negation, and the noun phrase, among many others.

Pronouns and Word Order in Old English - With Particular Reference to the Indefinite Pronoun Man (Hardcover): Linda Van Bergen Pronouns and Word Order in Old English - With Particular Reference to the Indefinite Pronoun Man (Hardcover)
Linda Van Bergen
R2,924 Discovery Miles 29 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 2003, this is a study of the syntactic behaviour of personal pronoun subjects and the indefinite pronoun man, in Old English. It focuses on differences in word order as compared to full noun phrases. In generative work on Old English, noun phrases have usually divided into two categories: 'nominal' and 'pronominal'. The latter category has typically been restricted to personal pronouns, but despite striking similarities to the behaviour of nominals there has been good reason to believe that man should be grouped with personal pronouns. This book explores investigations carried out in conjunction with the aid of the Toronto Corpus, which confirmed this hypothesis.

On the Semantics of Syntax - Mood and Condition in English (Hardcover): Eirian C. Davies On the Semantics of Syntax - Mood and Condition in English (Hardcover)
Eirian C. Davies
R2,921 Discovery Miles 29 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1979, this book develops a grammatically orientated semantics (as opposed to a semantically orientated grammar) of mood and condition in English. It seeks to establish correspondences between areas of semantic organisation ('planes') and surface grammar, without reverting to an intermediate notion of deep grammar. The chapters explore topics including the differences between 'literal meaning' and 'significance', speech roles, and constructions of condition and reason in terms of the four panes discussed earlier in the volume.

Exploring Interfaces (Hardcover): Monica Cabrera, Jose Camacho Exploring Interfaces (Hardcover)
Monica Cabrera, Jose Camacho
R2,095 Discovery Miles 20 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Models of theoretical linguistics now emphasize the meeting points, or interfaces, between different aspects of our language capacity. Syntactic operations include structure-building, checking long-distance relationships between units, and connecting alternative word orders. This volume presents a collection of original studies that explore the mapping between these operations and other language-related areas such as word meanings, discourse contexts, the construction of meaning for larger units, and the alternative expressions of word order. It differs from previous traditional research on interfaces by bringing together studies and analyses from a range of languages, using monolingual varieties that include second language phenomena. Case studies of different types of interfaces, as well as studies based on lesser known sets of linguistic data, provide important examples that propose a new view of the connections between syntactic processes and other areas of grammar.

Adventures in English Syntax (Paperback): Robert Freidin Adventures in English Syntax (Paperback)
Robert Freidin
R691 Discovery Miles 6 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For anyone who wants to become a more effective writer, a more perceptive reader, and a more precise thinker, an understanding of English sentence structure is indispensable. This book shows you how to begin. Using clear and engaging examples from English, it introduces the basic concepts of syntactic structure to readers with no background in linguistics. Starting with simple, familiar phrases, and progressing to more complex sentences, it builds on what we already intuitively know, to provide a step-by-step account of why we understand these examples as we do. It then shows how that understanding can be applied to writing, helping us to avoid some of the common hallmarks of 'bad writing', such as ambiguity, redundancy, and vagueness. A unique and valuable resource, this book will enrich your understanding of English in ways that will make you a more effective user of the language. Publisher's note: The e-book edition of this title, like the print editions, contains color. For those e-reader devices and applications that cannot display color, the color material is available in pdf format as an online resource: www.cambridge.org/Freidin

Colonialism and Grammatical Representation - John Gilchrist and the Analysis of the 'Hindustani' Language in the late... Colonialism and Grammatical Representation - John Gilchrist and the Analysis of the 'Hindustani' Language in the late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries (Paperback)
Richard Steadman-Jones
R646 R600 Discovery Miles 6 000 Save R46 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A detailed study of Gilchrist's grammatical praxis which presents a picture of the complex relationship between grammatical inquiry and the politics of colonial discourse in the early years of the Indian Empire.
Develops a method of reading colonial grammars that acknowledges both the technical and the political dimensions of the text
Explores the political consequences of the choices that grammarians made that could easily elicit reactions of fear, confusion, and even contempt in colonial observers
Presents a picture of the complex relationship between grammatical inquiry and the politics of colonial discourse in the early years of the Indian Empire

Causes and Consequences of Word Structure (Paperback): Jennifer Hay Causes and Consequences of Word Structure (Paperback)
Jennifer Hay
R1,233 Discovery Miles 12 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This work explores effect of speech perception strategies upon morphological structure. Jennifer Hay investigates the role of two factors known to be relevant to speech perceptions: phonotactics and lexical frequency.

The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis (Hardcover): Michael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, Nicholas Evans The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis (Hardcover)
Michael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, Nicholas Evans
R3,696 Discovery Miles 36 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This handbook offers an extensive crosslinguistic and cross-theoretical survey of polysynthetic languages, in which single multi-morpheme verb forms can express what would be whole sentences in English. These languages and the problems they raise for linguistic analyses have long featured prominently in language descriptions, and yet the essence of polysynthesis remains under discussion, right down to whether it delineates a distinct, coherent type, rather than an assortment of frequently co-occurring traits. Chapters in the first part of the handbook relate polysynthesis to other issues central to linguistics, such as complexity, the definition of the word, the nature of the lexicon, idiomaticity, and to typological features such as argument structure and head marking. Part two contains areal studies of those geographical regions of the world where polysynthesis is particularly common, such as the Arctic and Sub-Arctic and northern Australia. The third part examines diachronic topics such as language contact and language obsolence, while part four looks at acquisition issues in different polysynthetic languages. Finally, part five contains detailed grammatical descriptions of over twenty languages which have been characterized as polysynthetic, with special attention given to the presence or absence of potentially criterial features.

Structures and Strategies (Paperback): Adriana Belletti Structures and Strategies (Paperback)
Adriana Belletti
R1,243 Discovery Miles 12 430 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following crucial insights on the functional structure of the clause and recent developments within the cartographic projects and minimalism, this book addresses various central themes in Italian and Romance syntax ranging from verb syntax and the syntax of verb-related phenomena of agreement and cliticization, to word order issues and their status in discourse contexts. It illustrates a research program where the basic formal components of grammar, the rich cartographic syntactic structures, are directly implicated in morphosyntactic computations proper as well as in the articulation of discourse strategies.

Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts - Evidence from Varieties of English and Beyond (Paperback): Markku Filppula,... Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts - Evidence from Varieties of English and Beyond (Paperback)
Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, Heli Paulasto
R1,246 Discovery Miles 12 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this book, contributors have been brought together to discuss the role of two major factors shaping the grammars of different varieties of English (and of other languages) all over the world: so-called vernacular universals and contact-induced change. Rather than assuming a general typological perspective, the studies in this volume focus on putative universal vernacular features - significant phonological or (morpho-) syntactic parallels found in non-standard varieties of English, English-based Creoles, and also varieties of other languages, all of which represent widely differing sociolinguistic and historical backgrounds. These universals are then set against the other major explanatory factor: contact-induced change, by which we understand both the possibility of dialect contact (or dialect diffusion) and language contact (including superstratal, substratal and adstratal influences).

The Elements of Style - Classic Edition (2018) (Paperback): William Strunk, Richard De A'Morelli The Elements of Style - Classic Edition (2018) (Paperback)
William Strunk, Richard De A'Morelli
R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
English Compounds and their Spelling (Hardcover): Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer English Compounds and their Spelling (Hardcover)
Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer
R2,103 Discovery Miles 21 030 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Anyone writing texts in English is constantly faced with the unavoidable question whether to use open spelling (drinking fountain), hyphenation (far-off) or solid spelling (airport) for individual compounds. While some compounds commonly occur with alternative spellings, others show a very clear bias for one form. This book tests over 60 hypotheses and explores the patterns underlying the spelling of English compounds from a variety of perspectives. Based on a sample of 600 biconstituent compounds with identical spelling in all reference works in which they occur (200 each with open, hyphenated and solid spelling), this empirical study analyses large amounts of data from corpora and dictionaries and concludes that the spelling of English compounds is not chaotic but actually correlates with a large number of statistically significant variables. An easily applicable decision tree is derived from the data and an innovative multi-dimensional prototype model is suggested to account for the results.

Standardising English - Norms and Margins in the History of the English Language (Hardcover): Linda Pilliere, Wilfrid Andrieu,... Standardising English - Norms and Margins in the History of the English Language (Hardcover)
Linda Pilliere, Wilfrid Andrieu, Valerie Kerfelec, Diana Lewis
R2,255 Discovery Miles 22 550 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This path-breaking study of the standardisation of English goes well beyond the traditional prescriptivism versus descriptivism debate. It argues that the way norms are established and enforced is the result of a complex network of social factors and cannot be explained simply by appeals to power and hegemony. It brings together insights from leading researchers to re-centre the discussion on linguistic communities and language users. It examines the philosophy underlying the urge to standardise language, and takes a closer look at both well-known and lesser-known historical dictionaries, grammars and usage guides, demonstrating that they cannot be simply labelled as 'prescriptivist'. Drawing on rich empirical data and case studies, it shows how the norm continues to function in society, influencing and affecting language users even today.

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