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A Course Book in English Grammar : Standard English and the Dialects - Dennis Freeborn

A Course Book in English Grammar

Standard English and the Dialects

Paperback Published: 24th May 1995
ISBN: 9780333624937
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old

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The study of language in written texts and transcripts of speech is greatly helped by a student's abilityBB to identify and describe those prominent features of the grammar which make one variety of English different from another. A Course Book in English Grammar looks at many of the problems encountered by students and encourages them to find their own answers and to assess hypotheses about grammatical description. There are activities at each step, using authentic written and spoken data. Using 'real' texts avoids the faking of evidence to be found in some traditional grammar books, and interesting problems of analysis that arise in such texts are a source of useful discussion. The book has been thoroughly revised and expanded for this second edition, which contains additional chapters and material. A new opening chapter discusses the concept of 'grammatically correct English' and the differences between descriptive, prescriptive and proscriptive approaches to the writing of grammar books. The book is a systematic description of Standard English, and examples of contemporary spoken dialectal grammar are introduced and analysed to illustrate the differences between standard and nonstandard usage. A Course Book in English Grammar will prove invaluable to all students of English Language.

Preface to Second Edition - Symbols - Bibliography - Standard English and the English Language - Encoding Experience in Language - Lexical Words and Meaning - Function Words - Vocabulary - Six Kinds of Phrase - Noun and Prepositional Phrases - Verb Phrases - Clauses - Complexity in Clause Constituents - Complex Clauses - Derived Clauses - Sentences - The Grammar of Texts - Index

ISBN: 9780333624937
ISBN-10: 0333624939
Series: Studies in English Language
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 24th May 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.6 x 23.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised