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Introducing English Grammar - Kersti Borjars

Introducing English Grammar

Paperback Published: 30th April 2010
ISBN: 9781444109870
Number Of Pages: 328

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Booktopia Comments

Australian National University - School of Literature Languages and Linguistics LING2020; LING6020: Structure of English
Monash University - Clayton - School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics ATS2681: Structure of English
University of New England - Armidale - Linguistics LING353: The English Language
University of New England - Armidale - Linguistics LING353/LING553: The English Language

Product Description

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, which can be found at www.routledge.com/cw/borjars

Industry Reviews

Praise for the first edition

The engagingly informal style of this excellent book brings the study of English grammar alive. I particularly admire the way in which grammatical points are copiously exemplified by quotations from real language in everyday use. The text is so well structured and so clearly written that, although it would undoubtedly be a valuable adjunct to a course of lectures, it could also be used by learners studying the subject on their own.

Professor Katharine Perera

One of the few [books] able to cover a lot of ground without being too generally shallow... It is written in a clear, accessible, and reader-orientated style with just the right amount of wit to make it entertaining... the examples taken from daily speech are interesting... this is a very useful, clear, accessible and interesting textbook for first-year students of English and / or linguistics... Students dealing with English on the basis of this book will not have the feeling that it is not worth the paper it is printed on; instead they will see that doing grammar can be fun.

The Linguist List

Preface to the second editionp. vii
Preface to the first editionp. ix
Introduction: the glamour of grammar
Purpose and nature of grammatical descriptionp. 1
Standard English and variationp. 2
English rules, OK?p. 5
Why study English grammar?p. 7
English language in the workplacep. 12
The branches of linguisticsp. 14
Exercisesp. 15
The structure of sentences
Introductionp. 18
The structure of wordsp. 18
How do we know sentences have structure?p. 23
Constituency testsp. 24
Three additional testsp. 33
Nested constituentsp. 34
Representing structurep. 38
Points to rememberp. 40
Exercisesp. 41
The words of English
Introductionp. 43
The meaning of lexical categoriesp. 43
Structural criteriap. 44
Major categoriesp. 47
The minor categoriesp. 67
Phrasal categories and their structurep. 70
Points to rememberp. 76
Exercisesp. 77
Functions within the clause
Introductionp. 79
The predicatep. 80
The subjectp. 81
The objectp. 88
The predicative complementp. 92
The adverbialp. 95
Treesp. 100
Points to rememberp. 103
Exercisesp. 104
Different sentence types
Introductionp. 107
Declarativesp. 108
Interrogativesp. 108
Imperativesp. 115
Exclamativesp. 119
Echoesp. 120
Treesp. 122
Points to rememberp. 125
Exercisesp. 125
The verb phrase
The constituency of verb stringsp. 128
Time and tensep. 131
Lexical verbs and auxiliary verbsp. 133
Auxiliary verbsp. 137
Lexical have, be and dop. 149
Classes of lexical verbsp. 150
Treesp. 158
Points to rememberp. 165
Exercisesp. 165
The noun phrase
How to spot a noun phrasep. 167
Who's the boss?p. 168
Determinersp. 169
Pre-modifiersp. 173
Pre-determinersp. 176
Post-modifiersp. 177
Complementsp. 178
Treesp. 179
Points to rememberp. 187
Exercisesp. 187
Clauses within clauses
Clausesp. 189
Finite sub-clausesp. 192
Non-finite clausesp. 202
Subjectless clausesp. 210
Treesp. 211
Points to rememberp. 218
Exercisesp. 219
Beyond the sentence
Introductionp. 221
Information packagingp. 221
Discourse strategiesp. 228
Points to rememberp. 236
Exercisesp. 237
Grammar at work
Introductionp. 241
Speech versus writingp. 242
E-Speak - somewhere between speech and writingp. 249
Occupational varietiesp. 251
Points to rememberp. 264
Exercisesp. 265
English worldwide
Introductionp. 267
New Englishes: Indian Englishp. 269
Other Englishesp. 273
Variation in the Native Englishesp. 281
Vernacular universalsp. 282
The future of Standard Englishp. 284
Points to rememberp. 286
Exercisesp. 286
Further readingp. 289
Glossaryp. 294
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9781444109870
ISBN-10: 1444109871
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 30th April 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition