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Approaches to Syntax by Jean-Pierre Paillet, André Dugas

By Jean-Pierre Paillet, André Dugas

This quantity is an more suitable model of the English translation from the French unique version 'Principes d'analyse syntaxique' (Québec, 1973). It offers a survey of theoretical techniques to syntax, together with conventional grammars, structuralism, functionalism, and formal techniques.

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G. g. g. John gave Mary the book) . Also, the kinds of TESNIERE'S STRUCTURAL SYNTAX 49 actants which are acceptable are determined by the verb. Thus, John understands truth is appropriate, but truth understands John is not. We thus have to distinguish, among the actants, a first actant, a second actant, etc. and for each of them specify the type of element which can have this role. All these specifications (number and kind of actants) are attached to the particular verb chosen and determine much of what the sentence will be like.

The forms of expression are to be studied and described in morphology. The meanings, or notions are of a logical or psychological nature, but should be kept in mind by the grammarian. His main task is to account for the link between forms and notions, which is realized by the functions of the forms in a particular use. The 5 study of these functions is the domain of syntax. 7. Importance of innovators: a. The role of such researchers as Brunot and Jespersen is multiple. They first contributed a detailed analysis of the failings of the grammatical tradition of western Europe.

He died of hunger, I hate pink, I like to walk. It is naturally possible to distinguish first degree transference types according to the origin and end categories of the process: Tesnière gives examples of the twelve possible types. Further, he observes that products of transferences are possible, and studies 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step transferences. An interesting observation is that the results of transference may end up being taken as unanalysable units, as a part of the evolution of a language.

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