This study, first published in 1982, attempts to show that the foundations of a contextual grammar of English must be firmly based on an adequate definition of the sentence. This book will be of interest to students of language and linguistics.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1: The Nature of the Clause; 1. Sentence and Clause in English 2. The Clause as Sole Device of Lexical Selection 3. The Contrast in Grammatical Status Between Clauses; Part 2: Subordination in English; 4. Subordination and the Contextualisation of the Main Clause 5. The Relative Clause 6. The Noun Clause: the That-Clause and the Wh-Clause 7. Adverbial Clauses with Subordinators 8. Non-Finite Clauses Which Have No Subordinators 9. Postmodifying Structures Other Than Relative and Adverbial Clause: Apposition and Interpolation; Part 3: Attempting a Definition of Sentence; 10. Summing Up the Clause as a Preliminary to Defining ‘Sentence’ 11. The Proposed Complementary Definitions of Sentence; Bibliography; Index
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