This quantity looks now eventually in English, sixty years after the dying of its writer, Lucien Tesnière. it's been translated from the French unique into German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian, and now in the end into English besides. the quantity includes a entire method of the syntax of typical languages, an process that's foundational for a whole move within the smooth research of syntax and grammar. This move is understood this present day as dependency grammar (DG). Drawing examples from dozens of languages, lots of which he was once expert in, Tesnière offers insightful analyses of diverse phenomena of syntax. one of the highlights are the techniques of valency and head-initial vs. head-final languages. those techniques are actually taken without any consideration by way of most recent theories of syntax, even by means of phrase constitution grammars, which signify, in a feeling, the other type of method of syntax from what Tesnière used to be advocating.

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