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Introduction to the Grammar of English

Introduction to the Grammar of English

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  • Date Published: September 1984
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521297042

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  • This textbook provides a thorough and precise account of all the major areas of English grammar. For practical reasons the author concentrates on Standard English and only selected aspects of its regional variation. The book is written for students who may have no previous knowledge of linguistics and little familiarity with 'traditional' grammar. All grammatical terms, whether traditional or more recent, are therefore carefully explained, and in the first three chapters the students is introduced to the theoretical concepts and methodological principles needed to follow the later descriptive chapters. Nevertheless, the book is more than a straightforward 'grammar of English'. Rodney Huddleston does not espouse any formalised contemporary model of syntax and morphology, but he adopts the framework of modern 'structural' linguistics, in a very broad understanding of that term. The grammatical categories postulated derive from a study of the combinational and contrastive relationships the words and other forms enter into, and Dr Huddleston pays particular attention to the problem of choosing between alternative analyses and justifying the analysis he proposes. In this sense his book is addressed to the student of linguistics, who will find Introduction to the Grammar of English a much needed foundation for more advanced work in theoretical linguistics.

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    'Dr Huddleston's style is both lucid and relaxed, so Introduction to the Grammar of English can be recommended even to those with no previous knowledge of linguistics … Despite the good coverage of linguistic terms, this is a jargon-free book.' EFL Gazette

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    • Date Published: September 1984
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521297042
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Table of symbols and notational conventions
    1. Basic concepts in grammar
    2. The structural approach to linguistic analysis
    3. The parts of speech
    4. Verbs and verb phrase
    5. The structure of Kernel clauses
    6. Nouns and noun phrases
    7. Pronouns
    8. Adjectives and adjective phrases
    9. Verbs, nouns and adjectives: the boundaries between them
    10. Adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions
    11. Clause type
    12. Coordination and subordination
    13. Negation
    14. Thematic systems of the clause
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Rodney Huddleston

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