A Critical Account of English Syntax offers 17 chapters that come for the most part in alphabetical order, followed by notes (281–290), a surprisingly short bibliography (291–293) and an index (294–296).The chapters “Introduction” (1–8) and “Grammaticality” (9–18) are followed by “Adjective and adjective phrase” (19–31); “Adverb and adverb phrase” (32–37); “Adverbial clause” (38–47); “Clause and text” (48–80); “Clause structure” (81–106); “Clefts” (107–111); “Complement clauses” (112–124); “Constructions” (125–127); “Non-finite clauses” (128–140); “Nouns and noun phrases” (141–169); “Prepositions and prepositional phrases” (170–179); “Relative clauses” (180–205); “Sentences and clauses” (206–223); “Verbs and verb phrases” (224–267); “Word classes” (268–280). It seems that the alphabetical order that was applied to most of the chapters is at the expense of the overall structure: 1) neither chapters nor sub-chapters are numbered; 2) two very central topics of syntax, a) verb and VP and b) the word classes go to the end of the book. One might find as good reasons for the latter to appear at the beginning of the book as for the chapter on grammaticality. Keith Brown and Jim Miller’s book is ambitious as regards all the aspects that it intends to cover as well as all the things that the book does not
Anglia – de Gruyter
Published: Mar 8, 2018
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