Oxford Modern English Grammar

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OUP Oxford, Feb 10, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 410 pages
Written by Bas Aarts, one of Britain's leading grammarians, Oxford Modern English Grammar is a brand new and definitive guide to English grammar. This indispensable handbook covers both British and American English, and makes use of authentic spoken and written examples.

Packed with tables, diagrams, and numerous example sentences, and assuming no prior knowledge of grammatical concepts on the part of the reader, this volume offers an unmatched guide to the structure of contemporary English. Arranged in three clear parts for ease of use, the Grammar's comprehensive coverage ranges from the very basic--such as word structure, simple and complex phrases, and clause types--to the more sophisticated topics that lie at the intersection of grammar and meaning, including tense and aspect, mood and modality, and information structuring. How do words formed by "compounding" differ from words formed by "conversion"? How many verbs in English can take a declarative clause functioning as direct object (ie, "decide that..." or "believe that...")? What is the relationship between a matrix clause and a subordinate clause? What is the present futurate? The past futurate? The present perfect? How does the grammar of English encode such semantic notions as "possibility," "probability," "necessity," "obligation," "permission," "intention," or "ability"? Aarts answers all these questions, clearly and engagingly, deeply enriching the reader's understanding of the English language.

Oxford Modern English Grammar will be invaluable for those with an interest in the English language, undergraduate students of all disciplines, and for anyone who would like a clear guide to English grammar and how to use it.

 

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Contents

Form and function
17
Phrase and clause patterns
111
Grammar and meaning
241
English irregular verbs
337
The structure of the ICEGB corpus
347
Notes and further reading
349
List of sources of examples
355
References
371
Subject Index
377
Lexical Index
395
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Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. His previous books include Small Clauses in English (1992); The Verb in Contemporary English, co-edited with Charles F. Meyer (1995); English Syntax and Argumentation (1997;2001; 2008); Investigating Natural Language, co-authored with Gerald Nelson and Sean Wallis (2002); Fuzzy Grammar (2004) co-edited with David Denison, Evelien Keizer, and Gergana Popova (2004); The Handbook of English Linguistics, co-edited with April McMahon (2006); and Syntactic Gradience (2007).With David Denison and the late Richard Hogg he is a founding editor of the journal English Language and Linguistics.

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