Syntactic constructions in English /

"1.1 Linguistic and syntactic competence We language users believe that we 'know' a language, but the question is what we know when we know a language like English or Korean. It may mean that we know how to create natural English sentences like (1a), but not unnatural sentences like (...

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Author / Creator:Kim, Jong-Bok, 1966- author.
Imprint:Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
©2020
Description:xii, 356 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:English
Subject:English language -- Syntax.
English language -- Grammar.
English language -- Grammar.
English language -- Syntax.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12417768
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Other authors / contributors:Michaelis, Laura A., 1964- author.
ISBN:9781108470339
1108470335
9781108455862
1108455867
9781108632706
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"1.1 Linguistic and syntactic competence We language users believe that we 'know' a language, but the question is what we know when we know a language like English or Korean. It may mean that we know how to create natural English sentences like (1a), but not unnatural sentences like (1b).1 (1) a. We can't pay for health care benefits like this, but you can. b. *We can't keep paying for health care benefits like this, but you can keep.2 In the same way, speakers who know English may accept (2a) and (2c), but not (2b):3 (2) a. Frank sneezed. b. *Frank sneezed the napkin. c. Frank sneezed the napkin off the table. This implies that knowing a language means that (English) speakers have linguistic knowledge sufficient to distinguish between 'acceptable' and 'unacceptable' sentences. However, when speakers are asked to articulate what kind of knowledge allows them to make these distinctions, it is not easy for them to describe it. This knowledge of language, often called linguistic competence, is the ability to speak a language. Knowing one's native language requires neither skill nor talent, but it is nonetheless an accomplishment worthy of investigation"--
Other form:Online version: Kim, Jong-Bok, 1966- Syntactic constructions in English 1. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2020. 9781108632706