An Introduction to the Grammar of English: Syntactic Arguments and Socio-historical Background

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 200 pages
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This Introduction provides a lively and clearly written textbook. It 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 structured for a semester-long course. It provides exercises, keys to those exercises, and sample exams. It also includes a comprehensive glossary and suggestions for further reading.
 

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Contents

Categories
11
Phrases
31
Review Chapters 13
59
Functions in the sentence
61
More functions of prepositions and particles
79
The structure of the Verb Group in the VP
97
Review Chapters 46
113
Embedded and coordinated
119
Nonfinite clauses
135
Review of Chapters 7 and 8
147
Clauses as parts of NPs and AdjPs
167
Special sentences
181
Review Chapters 911
189
Further reading
195
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