Introducing English Grammar

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Answering key questions such as 'Why study grammar?' and 'What is standard English?', Introducing English Grammar guides readers through the practical analysis of the syntax of English sentences.

With all special terms carefully explained as they are introduced, the book is written for readers with no previous experience of grammatical analysis. It is ideal for all those beginning their study of linguistics, English language or speech pathology, as well as students with primarily literary interests who need to cover the basics of linguistic analysis.

The approach taken is in line with current research in grammar, a particular advantage for students who may go on to study syntax in more depth. All the examples and exercises use real language taken from newspaper articles, non-standard dialects and include excerpts from studies of patients with language difficulties. Students are encouraged to think about the terminology as a tool kit for studying language and to test what can and cannot be described using these tools.

This new edition has been fully revised in line with recent research. There is a new chapter on World English, a new glossary and a free website with extensive further reading and answers to the exercises.
 

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Contents

the glamour of grammar
1
2 The structure of sentences
18
3 The words of English
43
4 Functions within the clause
79
5 Different sentence types
107
6 The verb phrase
128
7 The noun phrase
167
8 Clauses within clauses
189
9 Beyond the sentence
221
10 Grammar at work
241
11 English worldwide
267
Further reading
289
Glossary
294
Index
307
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About the author (2013)

Kersti Börjars is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester, UK. She is the author of Feature Distribution in Swedish Noun Phrases.

Kate Burridge is Professor of Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. She is the author of Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language.

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