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Working with English Grammar
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108415774

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  • This clear and concise introduction offers students of linguistics and English language a comprehensive overview of English grammar, including word structure, major and minor word classes, phrases, clauses and sentences. Based on twenty years' teaching practice, Louise Cummings adopts a unique approach of using three real-world contexts - first language acquisition, language disorders and non-standard dialects - as a pedagogical tool to make grammatical concepts meaningful to students and to improve engagement and understanding. In seven accessible chapters, students are encouraged to develop the analytical skills they require to give a comprehensive description of the grammar of the English language. A range of supportive learning aids is used, including: • Learning objectives and section 'key points' summaries • Varied examples from world Englishes and print media • Homework assignments, exercises and revision questions • Targeted further reading suggestions and 'special topics' boxes • A glossary of 300 entries • An extensive range of online resources for instructors and students, including a test bank of 140 multiple-choice questions, useful links and an answer key.

    • Offers a descriptive approach to English grammar, encouraging students to develop analytical skills they require to give a comprehensive description of the grammar of the English language
    • Uses three, real-world contexts - first language acquisition, language disorders and non-standard dialects - as a pedagogical tool to make grammatical concepts meaningful to students and to improve engagement and understanding
    • A range of supportive learning aids provide extensive opportunities for students to practice and monitor their own understanding, including learning objectives, section 'key points' summaries, 'special topic' boxes, targeted further reading suggestions and over three hundred exercises and questions
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    '… innovative and unique, and a delight to use in the classroom.' Seth Mehl, University of Sheffield

    ‘At last, an introduction to English grammar which presents the real thing! Packed with carefully chosen examples of the grammatical features of real Englishes - local and global, developing and stable, impaired and unimpaired - this book engages students through discovery and sustained practice. Louise Cummings’ direct and compelling exposition, presenting Standard English as a frame of reference rather than the 'source code', will inspire students to approach grammar as a living system, relevant to their own experiences.’ Christopher J. Hall, York St John University

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    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108415774
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 35 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    List of exercises
    List of special topics
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. The study of grammar
    2. Word structure
    3. Major word classes
    4. Minor word classes
    5. Phrases
    6. Clauses
    7. Sentences
    Answers
    Appendices
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Louise Cummings, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Louise Cummings is Professor in the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is the author or editor of over ten books, most recently Communication Disorders (2014), Pragmatic Disorders (2014), The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders (Cambridge, 2014), Case Studies in Communication Disorders (Cambridge, 2016) and Research in Clinical Pragmatics (2017).

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