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English Syntax: An Introduction

Jong-Bok Kim and Peter Sells

Focusing on the descriptive facts of English, this textbook provides a systematic introduction to English syntax for students with no prior knowledge of English grammar or syntactic analysis.

English Syntax helps students appreciate the various sentence patterns available in the language, understand insights into the core data of its syntax, develop analytic abilities to explore patterns of English in more depth, and learn precise ways of formalizing syntactic analysis. The text and exercises cover a variety of English data and major constructions such as agreement, raising and control, the auxiliary system, passive, questions, relative clauses, extraposition, and clefts.

Jong-Bok Kim is Associate Professor in the School of English at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
Peter Sells is Professor of Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

“This book is an excellent text that takes nothing for granted. Even the complete novice can use this book to gain familiarity with some of the most subtle and interesting problems of English syntax.”
—Ivan A. Sag, Stanford University

“This is a valuable introductory syntax volume, which strikes a nice balance between data and theory, and leads the student from the most basic notions of syntax to an understanding of analyses of a broad range of English constructions within the HPSG framework.”
—Robert D.  Borsley, University of Essex


ISBN (Paperback): 9781575865683
ISBN (Cloth): 9781575865676

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