An Introduction to English Sentence Structure - Clauses, Markers, Missing Elements - Jon Jonz

An Introduction to English Sentence Structure - Clauses, Markers, Missing Elements - Jon Jonz


An Introduction to English Sentence Structure - Clauses, Markers, Missing Elements - Jon Jonz

Steven Jones [+-]
University of Manchester
Since completing my PhD (funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council) in 1999, I've lectured at several UK universities. My teaching is now mostly in English Language and Linguistics, and my research and supervision mostly in the field of (Higher) Education. At the University of Manchester, I've acted as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Education (2007-10), an academic lead for the Faculty of Humanities New Academics Programme (2012-14) and Programme Director for the university-wide PGCert in Higher Education (since 2014). I've also been External Examiner for several postgraduate theses and External Advisor to a wide range of UK degree programmes. I'm a founder-member of the Comparative Lexical Relations Group and the Sutton Trust Research Group, and have given papers at major international conferences in Mannheim and Freiburg (Germany), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Verona and Bertinoro (Italy) and San Francisco (USA). I've been interviewed about language use on BBC TV's The One Show (2010, 2011) and about my Higher Education research on BBC Radio Four's Today programme (2012). My funders have included the British Academy, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Sutton Trust, and I've presented research findings to Universities UK (2012), the Employers and Education Taskforce (2011, 2012, 2014) and the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (2014), as well as delivering a Westminster Briefing (2013) and speaking at the Sunday Times Festival of Education (2013).


An Introduction to English Sentence Structure puts the study of English sentences into the meaningful perspective provided by the broad essentials of functionalism. The book starts from the premise that the structure of language reflects the structure of events in everyday experience. By contrast, grammars that are more structural in nature often begin with gross facts about language structure, such as the observation that clauses can be divided into subjects and predicates. The book's premise reflects the fundamental Hallidayan principle that language simultaneously codes for three dimensions of structure: clause as representation, clause as exchange, and clause as message. This approach has the effect of situating the study of language in the student's familiar world of ideas, relationships, and discourses. An Introduction to English Sentence Structure blends insights from three prominent modern schools of grammatical thought (functionalism, structuralism, and generativism) using functionalism as the philosophical and organizational motif. It focuses on the representational function of language, encouraging students to use their knowledge of the way the world works in order to understand how language works. The approach taken is hybrid: It assumes that form matters, and in this sense it is structural. It also assumes that form follows function, and in this sense it is functional. As its subtitle suggests, this book is concerned with the argument structure of clauses, the boundary markers of clause combinations, and the syntactic and experiential resources that permit language users to supply the content of empty categories, which are the missing elements. A free instruction manual is available to qualified instructors for downloading from this site. View Manual. Contact Adoption to request access.

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Jones, Steven . Preface. An Introduction to English Sentence Structure - Clauses, Markers, Missing Elements. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. ix-xi Feb 2014. ISBN 9781845531461. Date accessed: 22 Sep 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19945. Feb 2014

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