Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English

by Maria Martinez Lirola (Author)
Monographs 282 Pages


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.


ISBN (Softcover)
Discourse Analysis Pragmatics English and American Cultural and Regional Studies Syntax
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 282 pp.

Biographical notes

Maria Martinez Lirola (Author)

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).


Title: Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English