An Introduction to the Grammar of English

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 232 pages
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It has been eight years since "An Introduction to the Grammar of English" was first published. The second edition is completely revised and greatly expanded, especially where texts, example sentences, exercises, and cartoons are concerned. It continues to provide a very lively and clearly written textbook. The book introduces basic concepts of grammar in a format which inspires the reader to use linguistic arguments. The style of the book is engaging and examples from poetry, jokes, and puns illustrate grammatical concepts. The focus is on syntactic analysis and evidence. However, special topic sections contribute sociolinguistic and historical reasons behind prescriptive rules such as the bans on split infinitives, dangling participles, and preposition stranding. The book is written for undergraduate students and structured for a semester-long course. It provides exercises, keys to those exercises, and sample exams. It also includes a comprehensive glossary. A basic website will be kept up at http: //www.public.asu.edu/ gelderen/grammar.htm.
 

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An introducton to English Grammar

Contents

Introduction
1
Categories
12
Phrases
35
Functions in the sentence
65
More functions of prepositions and particles
86
The structure of the verb group VGP in the VP
105
Finite clauses
132
Nonfinite clauses
149
The structure of the PP AdjP AdvP and NP
169
Clauses as parts of NPs and AdjPs
189
Special sentences
205
Glossary
222
References
229
Index
230
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