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The essence of the Theory of Three Ranks

  1. áChapter Three
  2. áChapter Three
  3. áChapter Twenty-Three
  4. áECOSOC and the three sisters
  5. áMolecular Theory
  6. áSociological Theory
  7. áText 15 A The Atomic Theory
áRanks áWord
áPrimary áSecondary áTertiary
áEssence áThe main word in an expression áA word that directly defines a primary word áA word that subordinates to a secondary word
áPatterns A dog A barkingádog A furiouslyábarking dog

BUT morphological classification, syntactic function and theory of three tanks used together bred some confusion.

For example:

In the expression a dinner table the word table is regarded as a primary word.

Though in an expression a table lampáthe word tableábecomes a secondary word.

3. Charls Freez (19th-20thácentury), an American linguist

The Structure of English

The main principle of classification:

Position of a word in a sentenceá(Syntactic Function) can indicate a Part of Speech.

In English there are three main positions - of the Subject (1), of the Predicate (2) and of the Object (3).

Three types of pseudo sentences:

á1. Woggles ugged diggles. Firstáwords are subjects; consequently their property is to

2. Uggs woggled diggs. present objects or things. Secondáwords are predicates;

3. Woggs diggled uggles. they indicate actions. Thirdáwords are objects; they

indicate things or objects of an action.

Three test framesáto test and explain his classification:

1. The concert was good (always).

2. The clerk remembered the task (suddenly).

3. He went there.

Limited by the frames he defines main positions that are characteristic for English. In each frame he uses the Method of Substitution. He affirms that all the words that can be put in a definite syntactic position present / form a certain positional class of words.

Due to the method of substitution he singled out four positional classes of words and fifteen groups of function words.

BUT the research had led to a certain confusion - the same very word could be included into several classes.

4. Lev Scherba (1880-1944), a Russian (Soviet) linguist,

a head of the Leningrad Phonological School

Explicitlyáformulated three principles of classification of lexical-grammatical classes

Three principles of classification:

1) Lexical Meaning (lexical meanings of words allow to analyze a common property of a class of words and thus to single out generalized Grammar Meaning, for example, the one of the Noun, of the Adjective, etc.);

2) Morphological Form (each part of speech has a common way of word-building and changing);

3) Syntactic Function (each pert of speech can take an appropriate position in a sentence).




áThe Subject of Theoretical Grammar | áKinds of Theoretical Grammar | áTheoretical approaches to language data interpretation | áSyntagmatic and paradigmatic relations. | áGrammatical categories. | áGeneral characteristics of the contemporary English language system | áThe notions of the Word and the Morpheme | áKinds of Morphemes | áTheory of the field structure of the word. | áGeneral characteristics of the Noun. Its Grammatical Meaning, syntactic functions and the system of word-formation. |

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