This award-winning grammar course book provides the basis for linguistic courses and projects on translation, contrastive linguistics, stylistics, reading and discourse studies. Accessible and reader-friendly throughout, key features include:
chapters divided into modules of class-length materials
each new concept clearly explained and highlighted
authentic texts from a wide range of sources, both spoken and written, to illustrate grammatical usage
clear chapter and module summaries enabling efficient class preparation and student revision.
Basic concepts -- The skeleton of the message: introduction to clause structure -- The development of the message: complementation of the verb -- Conceptualising patterns of experience: processes, participants, circumstances -- Interaction between speaker and hearer: linking speech acts and grammar -- Organising the message: thematic and information structures of the clause -- Expanding the message: clause combinations -- Talking about events: the verbal group - Viewpoints on events: tense, aspect and modality -- Talking about people and things: the nominal group -- describing persons, things and circumstances: adjectival and adverbial groups -- Spatial, temporal and other relationships: the prepositional phrase.