ERIC Number: ED036791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Essentials of English Phrase- and Clause-Structure in Diagrams, with Commentary.
Hall, Robert A., Jr.
This material was designed to present the essential features of English phrase and clause structure, for the benefit of both native speakers and learners of English as a second language. The author has followed a "deliberately eclectic" approach. The diagrams are developments of the type discussed and exemplified in Hockett, 1958, and Hall, 1964, combining a "quasi-tagmemic" approach (identifying the positions of "slots" in which forms of various classes may be used) with a graphic presentation of the possibilities open to a speaker once he has chosen a given syntactic path. Where useful, transformational formulations have been adopted (in as simple a form as possible), especially in stating relationships among clause types. The "Commentary on Phrase-Structure Diagrams" chapter treats noun, pronominal, numeral, adjectival and adverbial, verbal, prepositional, conjunctional, and headless or exocentric, phrases. The second half of the main work, "Commentary on Clause-Structure Diagrams," treats declarative and imperative clauses, subordination, and minor clauses. Teaching suggestions, bibliographical references, and illustrative diagrams complete the volume. (AMM)
Descriptors: Diagrams, English, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Phrase Structure, Structural Analysis, Syntax, Tagmemic Analysis, Transformational Generative Grammar
Chilton Books Educational Division, 401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 (Order number 2259 $3.40)
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Authoring Institution: Center for Curriculum Development, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.