Advanced English Grammar: A Linguistic Approach

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A&C Black, May 3, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 376 pages
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Depraetere and Langford, with 40 years of teaching experience between them, present a grammar pitched precisely at advanced learners of English who need to understand how the English language really works without getting lost in the specifics. Most linguistically-oriented grammars of English can be intimidating and complex. On the other hand, the more basic practical grammars also available are often not advanced enough.  This book pulls from linguistic theory all the relevant notions that will enable the language student to fully grasp English grammar. After introducing form and function, the authors cover verbs, nouns, aspect and tense, modality and discourse. Readers are led through the underlying principles of language use, with the book presupposing only a basic grasp of linguistic terminology. It does not get bogged down in huge amounts of detail and focuses on the crucial issues. Full of exercises and with attention paid to moving the reader through their course, this is the desk reference grammar of choice for both native and non-native English speakers.
 

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Contents

1 Getting Started Forms and Functions
1
2 The Verb and Its Complements
20
3 The Noun and the Noun Phrase
77
4 Aspect and Tense
136
5 Modals and Modality
194
6 Discourse
238
Exercises
256
Irregular Verbs
323
Notes
333
Bibliography
345
Lexical Index
347
Subject Index
356
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Ilse Depraetere is Professor of English Linguistics at the Université de Lille 3, France (UMR 8163 STL).Chad Langford is the Head of Foreign Language teaching in the Continuing Studies department of the Université de Lille 3, France.

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