Modern English Linguistics:

A Structural and Transformational Grammar

by

John P. Broderick, Ph.D.

jpbroder@odu.edu

The first printing of Modern English Linguistics: A Structural and Transformational Grammar was published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co. Inc. in 1975. Several later printings through the mid 1980s were published by Harper & Row, Publishers (now Harper Collins). More than 10,000 new hard-cover copies were sold.

Modern English Linguistics showed how transformational grammar developed out of American structuralist morphology and syntax. It then then went on to describe English grammar in some detail using the so-called "extended standard theory" of transformational grammar described in Noam Chomsky's book, Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. Despite considerable changes in Chomsky's ideas in the 1980s and 1990s (as for example, government and binding theory), linguistics textbooks continued to be published well into the 1990s that were still based on the Aspects model.

Below, you will find the Table of Contents of Modern English Linguistics. Under the entry for each chapter is a link to a pdf version of the chapter that is readable with Adobe Acrobat.  You, of course, have my permission to open and read these full versions of each chapter.  You also have my permission to print one hard copy for your own use.  If however, you would like to print multiple copies to distribute to others, e.g., your students, then I request that you obtain my permission in advance.  You can do so by e-mail or by sending a letter to my mailing address: 4652 Larkwood Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464, U.S.A.  Whatever level of encounter you have with my work, please let me hear your reactions to it.  Thank you for your interest.

John P. Broderick
e-mail address:jpbroder@odu.edu


Table of Contents

Modern English Linguistics: A Structural and Transformational Grammar
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Chapter One: Introduction

Empirical scientific method 3 American Structural Linguistics 8 Generative-Transformational Linguistics 12 The plan of this book 17 For further reading 19
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Chapter Two: English Morphology 21

Morphemes 22 Words 26 Roots and affixes 28 Some English prefixes 30 Derivational and inflectional suffixes 31 Some English derivational suffixes 35 English inflectional suffixes 37 Exercises 40 For further reading 43
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Chapter Three: Constituent Structure 45

Syntax 46 Form classes 47 LInear sentence patterns 55 Constituent structure 59 Exercises 64 For Further reading 66
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Chapter Four: English Phrase-Structure Rules 67

The nature and operation of PS rules 68 The English auxiliary 74 English prepositional phrases 84 Exercises 93 For further reading 94
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Chapter Five: Transformational Syntax of English Simple Sentences: I 95

Inadequacy of phrase-structure rules 96 Deep structure and surface structure 99 The nature and operation of transformations: indirect objects 101 The application of transformations: auxiliary inflections 104 Passives 111 The ordering of transformations 116 Exercises 119 For further reading 120
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Chapter Six: Transformational Syntax of English Simple Sentences: II 121

Sentence negation 122 Contracted negatives 127 Do 128 Imperatives 131 Yes/no questions 134 Question-word questions 137 Do in questions 141 Exercises 142 For further reading 142
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Chapter Seven: Transformational Syntax of English Complex Sentences 143

Deep structures for noun clauses 144 Noun clause transformations 148 Ordering of noun clause transformations 150 Noun clause questions 154 Deep structures for relative clauses 156 Relative clause transformations 161 Ecxercises 166 For further reading 166
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Chapter Eight: Expanding the Grammar: Practice in Syntactic Research 167

Syntactic Research 168 Agentless passives 169 Particles 173 Deleted relative pronouns 177 Conjoining 180 Adverbial clauses 184 Pronouns 185 Exercises 189 For further reading 194
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Chapter Nine: English Semantics 195

Syntax and semantics 196 Features 198 Case grammar 208 Exercises 216 For further reading 216
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Chapter Ten: English Phonology 217

Articulatory phonetics 218 Phonemes 228 Phonological rules 232 Exercises 240 For further reading 242
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Appendix: A Basic Transformational Grammar for English 243

Bibliography 247

Index 252

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