A Grammar of Speech

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Oxford University Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 264 pages
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This book provides an innovative analysis of English grammar in the spoken form. Hitherto, most grammars of English have relied heavily on the written language, and this excludes much normal spoken discourse. This work offers an alternative view of the structure of spoken English based on naturally-occurring language data. A Grammar of Speech has relevance for many areas related to linguistics, such as Artificial Intelligence, computational linguistics, and machinetranslation. First Prize English Speaking Union's Duke of Edinburgh Book Competition

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David Brazil was born in New York and lives in California. His publications include THE ORDINARY (Compline), The Book Called Spring (Portable Press at Yo- Yo Labs), Spy Wednesday (TAXT), Meet Me Beneath the War Angels (OMG!), Orphica (Lew Gallery), Aevum (Vigilance Society), Mass of the Phoenix: A Mina Loy Portal (Trafficker) and To Romans (Compline). With Kevin Killian, he edited THE KENNING ANTHOLOGY OF POETS THEATER: 1945-1985. Along with his partner Sara Larsen, David produced over sixty issues of the xerox periodical TRY!, featuring the work of dozens of contemporary writers. Part of the editorial collective which produced the daily Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette during Occupy Oakland, he now works with the Bay Area Public School to promote free and radical education. He makes his living as a bookseller.

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