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Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English

Martínez Lirola, María

Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English

Series: Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes - Volume 347

Year of Publication: 2009

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 282 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-807-6 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.390 kg, 0.860 lbs

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Book synopsis

The purpose of this book is to describe the main formal and functional characteristics of all the syntactic processes of thematization and postponement in English. It describes in detail the main aspects of cleft sentences, reversed-pseudo cleft sentences, topicalization, inversion, left-dislocation, passive, extraposition, existential sentences, pseudo-cleft sentences, postposition and right-dislocation.
The main aspects of use will be illustrated with examples from three novels written by the South African writer Alan Paton. The book is divided into three main chapters: the first one is a general introduction which explains some general concepts related to word order, to the corpus of examples and to Alan Paton, the author of the novels chosen as a corpus of examples; the second chapter is devoted to the syntactic processes of thematization in English and the third one to the syntactic processes of postponement.


Contents: Syntactic Processes of Thematization in English: Cleft sentence - Reversed pseudo-cleft sentence - Topicalization - Left-dislocation - Tough-movement – Syntactic Processes of Postposition in English: Passive - Extraposition - Existential sentence - Pseudo-cleft sentence - Postposition - Right-dislocation.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: María Martínez Lirola holds a Ph.D. in English Studies and has been an assistant professor at the University of Alicante (Spain) since 2002. Her main areas of research are syntax, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis and Multimodality. She was a visiting scholar in New Mexico (USA), at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia, 2005) and at University of Kwazulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 2006). Some of her main publications are: Essential Aspects of Systemic Functional Grammar (2007) and Alan Paton as a Public Speaker: a Selection of his Speeches (2008).


European University Studies: Series 21, Linguistics. Vol. 347