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Analysing Sentences (Learning About Language) [Paperback]

Noel Burton-Roberts
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5 Aug 2010 1408233746 978-1408233740 3

This highly successful text has long been considered a standard introduction to the practical analysis of English sentence structure. As in previous editions, key concepts such as constituency, category and function are carefully explained as they are introduced. Tree diagrams are used throughout to help the reader visualise the hierarchical structure of sentences. The final chapter sets the analysis in the context of generative grammar.

In this third edition, Analysing Sentences has been thoroughly revised. It has an attractive new layout, more examples, clearer explanations and summaries of major points. A major change concerns the analysis of auxiliary verbs, which has been revised to bring it more in line with current thinking.

Clear development from chapter to chapter, together with the author’s accessible style, make this book suitable for readers with no previous experience of sentence analysis. A practical and reader-friendly text, it includes many in-text exercises and end-of-chapter exercises, all with answers, and Further Exercises, making it suitable for self-directed study as well as for taught courses.

Noel Burton-Roberts is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University.  He is the author of The Limits to Debate: a Revised Theory of Semantic Presupposition (CUP 1989), the editor of Phonological Knowledge: Conceptual and Empirical Issues (OUP 2000) and Pragmatics (Palgrave, 2007), and the author of numerous articles on various aspects of linguistics and the English language.

 


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408233746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408233740
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I like its disinclination either to repeat 18th-century claptrap or to be a slave to contemporary theoretical fashions. I like its clear and forthright way of presenting syntax, and its many illustrative tree diagrams and useful exercises.

Burton-Roberts tries to get English syntax right and to supply arguments for the positions he adopts. More strength to his arm... Clear, lively, well planned."

 

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This highly successful text has long been considered a standard introduction to the practical analysis of English sentence structure. As in previous editions, key concepts such as constituency, category and function are carefully explained as they are introduced. Tree diagrams are used throughout to help the reader visualise the hierarchical structure of sentences. The final chapter sets the analysis in the context of generative grammar.

In this third edition, Analysing Sentences has been thoroughly revised. It has an attractive new layout, more examples, clearer explanations and summaries of key points. A major change concerns the analysis of auxiliary verbs, which has been revised to bring it more in line with current thinking.

Clear development from chapter to chapter, together with the author’s accessible style, make this book suitable for readers with no previous experience of sentence analysis. A practical and reader-friendly text, it includes many in-text, end-of-chapter and further exercises, making it suitable for self-directed study as well as for taught courses.

Noel Burton-Roberts is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University.  He is the author of The Limits to Debate: a Revised Theory of Semantic Presupposition (CUP, 1989), the editor of Phonological Knowledge: Conceptual and Empirical Issues (OUP, 2000) and Pragmatics (Palgrave, 2007), and the author of numerous articles on various aspects of linguistics and the English language.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 16 Oct 2010
By Aislinn
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Noel Burton-Roberts makes a topic many would think of as dull hugely enjoyable. The analysis is fascinating and very accessible to complete beginners, making it a perfect resource for students of English Language and Linguistics. I would highly recommend this book, and don't be put off by the initial complexity because it soon becomes second nature! Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introductory Book 11 July 2014
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This book may act as a starter reading for Linguistics Majors, as it start from English Sentence Structure.
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