ERIC Number: ED239491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Quanititative Grammar of Meaning and Structure: A Methodology for Language Analysis.
Marzano, Robert J.
A system of quantitative techniques for describing the English language from a number of perspectives, intended for the language analyst, is presented. The grammar combines an emerging knowledge of semantics with existing detailed knowledge of syntax. The primary unit of analysis is the predication, a group of related concepts expressed as a finite or nonfinite clause, taking varied structures. A section on theory presenting the fundamentals of the proposed grammar is introduced by a chapter explaining structures and terms. Other chapters in this section outline the predication, secondary arguments, argumental relationships between predications, and nonargumental relationships between predications. The second section describes the specifics of the application of the grammar to language analysis, focusing on quantification techniques. Chapters address these topics: measuring argumental characteristics, measuring argumental relationships, measuring nonargumental relationships, and syntax. Substantial statistical documentation of the techniques is not presented because of the early stage of development of the system. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Inc., Denver, CO.