Syntax is the system of rules that we subconsciously follow when we
build sentences. Whereas the grammar of English (or other
languages) might look like a rather chaotic set of arbitrary
patterns, linguistic science has revealed that these patterns can
actually be understood as the result of a small number of
grammatical principles. This lively introductory textbook is
designed for undergraduate students in linguistics, English and
modern languages with relatively little background in the subject,
offering the necessary tools for the analysis of phrases and
sentences while at the same time introducing state-of-the-art
syntactic theory in an accessible and engaging way. Guiding
students through a variety of intriguing puzzles, striking facts
and novel ideas, Introducing Syntax presents contemporary insights
into syntactic theory in one clear and coherent narrative, avoiding
unnecessary detail and enabling readers to understand the rationale
behind technicalities. Aids to learning include highlighted key
terms, suggestions for further reading and numerous exercises,
placing syntax in a broader grammatical perspective.
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