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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Routledge
Publication date September 9, 2014
Pages 341
Binding Paperback
Edition 4th
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780415746984
ISBN-10 0415746981
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $43.95
Summaries and Reviews
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Assuming no prior knowledge, Understanding Syntax illustrates the major concepts, categories and terminology associated with the study of cross-linguistic syntax. A theory-neutral and descriptive viewpoint is taken throughout. Starting with an overview of what syntax is, the book moves on to an explanation of word classes (such as noun, verb, adjective) and then to a discussion of sentence structure in the world’s languages. Grammatical constructions and relationships between words in a clause are explained and thoroughly illustrated, including grammatical relations such as subject and object; function-changing processes such as the passive and antipassive; case and agreement processes, including both ergative and accusative alignments; verb serialization; head-marking and dependent-marking grammars; configurational and non-configurational languages; questions and relative clauses. The final chapter explains and illustrates the principles involved in writing a brief syntactic sketch of a language, enabling the reader to construct a grammatical sketch of a language known to them. Data from approximately 100 languages appears in the text, with languages representing widely differing geographical areas and distinct language families. The book will be essential for courses in cross-linguistic syntax, language typology, and linguistic fieldwork, as well as for basic syntactic description.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780340700006 Book cover for 9780415746991
 
4th edition from Routledge (September 4, 2014)
9780415746991 | details & prices | 341 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $140.00
About: Assuming no prior knowledge, Understanding Syntax illustrates the major concepts, categories and terminology associated with the study of cross-linguistic syntax.
from Hodder Arnold (December 3, 1998)
9780340700006 | details & prices | 226 pages | 9.50 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $70.00
About: This text provides a complete introduction to the syntax of human languages.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780340603772 Book cover for 9780340810323 Book cover for 9780415746984 Book cover for 9781444112054
 
The price comparison is for this edition
4th edition from Routledge (September 9, 2014)
9780415746984 | details & prices | 341 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $43.95
About: Assuming no prior knowledge, Understanding Syntax illustrates the major concepts, categories and terminology associated with the study of cross-linguistic syntax.
3 edition from Hodder Arnold (November 30, 2011)
9781444112054 | details & prices | 312 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $41.95
About: Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, Understanding Syntax, Third Edition, explains and illustrates the major terms and concepts essential to the study of sentence structure in the world’s languages.
With Greville Corbett (other contributor), Bernard Comrie (other contributor) | 2 edition from Hodder Education (September 22, 2005)
9780340810323 | details & prices | 266 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $34.95
About: Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it discusses and illustrates all the major terms and concepts essential to the study of sentence structure in the world's languages.
from Hodder Education (November 1, 1998)
9780340603772 | details & prices | 226 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it discusses and illustrates all the major terms and concepts essential to the study of sentence structure in the world's languages.

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