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.
is Professor of Linguistics at the School of Oriental
and African Studies, University of London.
is Associate Professor in the School of English at
Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
“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