Understanding Syntax (Understanding Language) (Paperback)

Understanding Syntax (Understanding Language) By Maggie Tallerman Cover Image

Understanding Syntax (Understanding Language) (Paperback)


Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
(This book cannot be returned.)

Assuming no prior grammatical knowledge, Understanding Syntax explains and illustrates the major concepts, categories and terminology involved in the study of cross-linguistic syntax. Taking a theory-neutral and descriptive viewpoint throughout, this book:

introduces syntactic typology, syntactic description and the major typological categories found in the languages of the world;

clarifies with examples grammatical constructions and relationships between words in a clause, including word classes and their syntactic properties; grammatical relations such as subject and object; case and agreement processes; passives; questions and relative clauses;

features in-text and chapter-end exercises to extend the reader's knowledge of syntactic concepts and argumentation, drawing on data from over 100 languages;

highlights the principles involved in writing a brief syntactic sketch of language.

This fifth edition has been revised and updated to include extended exercises in all chapters, updated further readings, and more extensive checklists for students. Accompanying e-resources have also been updated to include hints for instructors and additional links to further reading.

Understanding Syntax is an essential textbook for students studying the description of language, cross-linguistic syntax, language typology and linguistic fieldwork.

Maggie Tallerman is Emerita Professor of Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK
Product Details ISBN: 9780367198404
ISBN-10: 0367198401
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 18th, 2019
Pages: 350
Language: English
Series: Understanding Language