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Relative Clauses
Structure and Variation in Everyday English

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108729680

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  • Using novel examples from live, unscripted radio/TV broadcasts and the internet, this path-breaking book will force us to reconsider the nature of everyday English and its complex interplay of syntactic, pragmatic, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic factors. Uncovering unusual types of non-standard relative clauses, Andrew Radford develops theoretically sophisticated analyses in an area that has traditionally hardly been touched on: that of nonstandard (yet not clearly dialectal) variation in English. Making sense of a huge amount of data, the book demonstrates that some types of non-standard relative clauses have a complex syntactic structure of their own in which the relation between the relative clause and its antecedent is either syntactically encoded or pragmatic in nature, while others come about as a result of hypercorrection, and yet others arise from processing errors.

    • Makes sense of a huge amount of new data, serving as an invaluable resource for researchers and students working on syntax and syntactic variation
    • Identifies new parameters of microvariation in syntax
    • Contributes to understanding the interaction between syntax, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and processing
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108729680
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    1. Background
    2. Resumptive relatives
    3. Prepositional relatives
    4. Gapless relatives
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Andrew Radford, University of Essex
    Andrew Radford is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Essex. His many books include Minimalist Syntax (Cambridge, 2004), Analysing English Sentences (Cambridge, 2nd edition, 2016) and Colloquial English: Structure and Variation (Cambridge, 2018).

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