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A semantic approach to English grammar / R.M.W. Dixon
Bib ID 3806150
Format BookBook
Author
Dixon, Robert M. W
 
Edition 2nd ed. 
Description Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005 
xvi, 543 p. ; 26 cm. 
ISBN 9780199283071
9780199247400
0199283079
0199247404
Series

Oxford textbooks in linguistics.

Summary

"This book shows how grammar helps people communicate and looks at the ways grammar and meaning interrelate. The author starts from the notion that a speaker codes a meaning into grammatical forms which the listener is then able to recover: each word, he shows, has its own meaning and each bit of grammar its own function, their combinations creating and limiting the possibilities for different words. He uncovers a rationale for the varying grammatical properties of different words and in the process explains many facts about English - such as why we can say I wish to go, I wish that he would go, and I wont to go but not I want that he would go."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. Orientation
  • 2. Grammatical sketch
  • 3. Noun, adjective and verb types
  • 4. Primary-A verb types
  • 5. Primary-B verb types
  • 6. Secondary verb types
  • Some grammatical topics
  • 7. She is departing for the jungle tomorrow, although the doctor has been advising against it
  • 8. I know that it seems that he'll make me want to describe her starting to say that she knows that it seems that ...
  • 9. I kicked at the bomb, which exploded, and wakened you up
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects English language -- Grammar.  |  English language -- Semantics.

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