The Clause in English

In honour of Rodney Huddleston

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  • Editors: Peter Collins1, and David Lee2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027298775

The focus in this volume is on grammatical aspects of the clause in English, presenting a fine balance between theoretically- and descriptively-oriented approaches. Some authors investigate the status and properties of &#8216;minor&#8217; or &#8216;fringe&#8217; constructions, including &#8216;deictic-presentationals&#8217;; non-restrictive relative clauses with <i>that</i>; &#8216;isolated <i>if</i>-clauses&#8217;, and &#8216;exceptional clauses&#8217;. In some articles the validity of conventional accounts and approaches is questioned: such as traditional constituency trees and labelled bracketings as a means of representing relationships between parenthetical elements and their &#8216;hosts&#8217;; or traditional morphophonemic analyses as explanations for Ross&#8217;s &#8216;doubl-<i>ing</i>&#8217; constraint. While some authors question commonly made assumptions (for example those concerning the relationships of clauses to sentences and propositions; or those concerning the status of post-head dependents in the NP), others appeal to new frameworks (for instance &#8216;emergence theory&#8217; is used as a source of inspiration in dealing with &#8216;intransitive prepositions&#8217;). This collection also includes articles that adopt a solidly corpus-based approach.<br /><i>The Clause in English</i> has been prepared by colleagues past and present, friends and admirers of Rodney Huddleston, in order to honour his consistently outstanding contribution to grammatical theory and description.<br />

Subjects: English linguistics; Germanic linguistics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: University of NSW; 2: University of Queensland

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