A New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Principles (Clarendon Paperbacks)

A New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Principles (Clarendon Paperbacks) by -

Title: A New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Principles (Clarendon Paperbacks)
Author: -
ISBN10: 0198240570
ISBN13: 978-0198240570
Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 19, 1992)
Language: English
Subcategory: Words, Language & Grammar
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Pages: 416 pages
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This work offers a fresh approach to grammar, arguing that a speaker "codes" a meaning into grammatical forms in order to communicate them to a hearer. Investigating the interrelation of grammar and meaning, Dixon uncovers a rationale for the varying grammatical properties of different words. He offers a review of some of the main points of English syntax, as well as a discussion of English verbs in terms of semantic types. Finally, he examines five specific grammatical topics: complement clauses in detail; complement clauses, transitivity and causatives; passive construction; promotion of a non-subject to subject slot; and the relation between verb constructions.