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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521429610

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  • A Reference Grammar of Spanish is a comprehensive handbook on the structure of the Spanish language. Keeping technical terminology to a minimum, it provides a detailed yet clear point of reference on all the intricacies of Spanish grammar, covering word order, parts of speech, verb use, syntax, gender, number, alphabet, and pronunciation. Accompanied by a wealth of carefully chosen examples, it looks at Spanish in Iberia, the USA, Mexico, and Argentina, and demonstrates the differences between these varieties. It is designed specifically with English-speaking learners in mind, and contains useful tools such as a glossary of terms, an index, and a detailed examination of different registers of the language. Clearly structured and systematically organised, this volume is set to become the standard guide to the grammar of contemporary Spanish, and will be an invaluable resource for teachers and students, as well as a practical supplement to textbooks and classroom study.

    • Covers multiple varieties of Spanish, as spoken in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, California, etc.
    • Most chapters begin with a creative piece of writing, which illustrates the grammatical features analysed in the chapter
    • Keeps technical terminology to a minimum
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    'A Reference Grammar of Spanish joins the ranks as a well-developed and well-written scholarly reference for researchers, faculty and Spanish language students around the world. It gives the spoken and written varieties among the world's Spanish speakers. A grammar book should not be prescriptive or impose one language variety on another. The role of a comprehensive grammar should be to assess and to analyze what is spoken among constituents, not to gauge against a stand-alone variety. Batchelor and San José accomplish their goal well.' The Modern Language Journal

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521429610
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.26kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Table of contents/Índice de materias
    2. Preface/Prólogo
    3. Introduction to the Spanish language/Introducción a la lengua Española
    4. Acknowledgements/Agradecimientos
    5. Glossary/Glosario
    6. Bibliography/Bibliografía
    7. Abbreviations/Abreviaturas
    8. Register/Registro
    9. Alphabet, spelling, pronunciation/Alfabeto, ortografía, pronunciación
    10. Stress and accent marks/Acento tónico y acento ortográfico
    11. Punctuation/Puntuación, upper case, lower case/mayúsculas, minúsculas
    12. Apocopation/Apócope
    13. Agreement/Concordancia
    14. Definite article/Artículo definido
    15. Indefinite article/Artículo indefinido
    16. Gender/Género
    17. Number (singular and plural)/Número (singular y plural)
    18. Verbs: moods of verbs/Verbos: modos de verbos
    19. The infinitive/El infinitivo
    20. Compound perfect infinitive/Infinitivo pretérito perfecto
    21. Infinitive viewed as a noun/Infinitivo como sustantivo
    22. Present tense/Tiempo presente
    23. Perfect tense/Pretérito perfecto
    24. Irregular past participles/Participios de pasado irregulares
    25. Verbs with 2 past participles/Verbos con 2 participios de pasado
    26. Past participles as nouns/Participios de pasado con función de sustantivos
    27. Ablative absolute/Ablativo absoluto
    28. Verbs + infinitive when that is used in English/Verbos + infinitivo cuando se usa that en inglés
    29. Pluperfect tense/Pretérito pluscuamperfecto de indicativo (antecopretérito - A/M)
    30. Imperfect tense/Pretérito imperfecto de indicativo (copretérito - A/M)
    31. Preterit/Pretérito
    32. Contrasts with the imperfect, preterit and perfect tenses/Contrastes con el pretérito, imperfecto, el pretérito y el pretérito perfecto
    33. Future tense/Futuro
    34. Future perfect tense/Futuro perfecto
    35. Conditional tense/Condicional simple
    36. Conditional perfect tense/Condicional perfecto (antepospretérito - M)
    37. Progressive tense or gerund/Progresivo o gerundio
    38. Imperative/Imperativo
    39. Irregular verbs/Verbos irregulares
    40. Radical changing verbs/Verbos con cambio vocálico (diptongación, y verbos del tipo pedir) (i.e. e>i)
    41. Verbs with orthographical changes/Verbos con cambios ortográficos
    42. Uses and contrasts of ser and estar/Usos y contrastes de ser y estar
    43. Uses of quedar, resultar etc. as substitutes for ser and estar (including hay)/Usos de quedar, resultar etc. como sustitutos de ser y estar (incluyendo hay)
    44. Transitive and intransitive verbs/Verbos transitivos e intransitivos
    45. Reflexive verbs/Verbos reflexivos
    46. Passive voice/Voz pasiva
    47. Defective verbs/Verbos defectivos
    48. Modal auxiliary verbs/Verbos auxiliares modales
    49. Ellipsis of verbs in main and subordinate clauses/Elipsis de verbos en oraciones principales y subordinadas
    50. Uses of dar, haber, ir, llevar, seguir, tener, venir/Usos de dar etc.
    51. Impersonal verbs/Verbos impersonales
    52. Verbs of perception + infinitive or gerund/Verbos de percepción + infinitivo o gerundio
    53. Periphrastic verb forms/Verbos con formas perifrásticas
    54. Subordinate clauses related to time/Oraciones subordinadas referentes al tiempo (duración)
    55. Subordinate clauses related to concession/Oraciones subordinadas concesivas
    56. Subordinate clauses related to condition/Oraciones subordinadas condicionales
    57. Subordinate clauses related to consequence/Oraciones subordinadas consecutivas
    58. Subordinate clauses related to manner/Oraciones subordinadas de modol
    59. Verbs concerning unrealized actions/Verbos referentes a acciones no realizadas o inacabadas
    60. Complex verbal expressions/Expresiones complejas de tipo verbal
    61. Verbs of movement in English and Spanish/Verbos indicando movimiento en inglés y español
    62. Subjunctive mood/Modo subjuntivo
    63. Personal pronouns/Pronombres personales
    64. Possessive adjectives and pronouns, also usage with parts of the body and clothes/Adjetivos y pronombres poses

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    R. E. Batchelor, University of Nottingham
    R. E. Batchelor taught French and Spanish for 40 years in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Nottingham. His recent publications include A Student Grammar of Spanish (Cambridge, 2006) and Using Spanish, Second Edition (with C. J. Pountain, Cambridge, 2005).

    Miguel Ángel San José, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
    Miguel Ángel San José is affiliated to the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain. His recent publications include Using Spanish Vocabulary (with R. E. Batchelor, Cambridge, 2003).

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