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Introduction to the Grammar of English : Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics - Rodney D. Huddleston

Introduction to the Grammar of English

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Paperback Published: 26th November 1984
ISBN: 9780521297042
Number Of Pages: 500

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This textbook provides a thorough and precise account of all the major areas of English grammar. For practical reasons the author concentrates on Standard English and only selected aspects of its regional variation. The book is written for students who may have no previous knowledge of linguistics and little familiarity with 'traditional' grammar. All grammatical terms, whether traditional or more recent, are therefore carefully explained, and in the first three chapters the students is introduced to the theoretical concepts and methodological principles needed to follow the later descriptive chapters. Nevertheless, the book is more than a straightforward 'grammar of English'. Rodney Huddleston does not espouse any formalised contemporary model of syntax and morphology, but he adopts the framework of modern 'structural' linguistics, in a very broad understanding of that term. The grammatical categories postulated derive from a study of the combinational and contrastive relationships the words and other forms enter into, and Dr Huddleston pays particular attention to the problem of choosing between alternative analyses and justifying the analysis he proposes. In this sense his book is addressed to the student of linguistics, who will find Introduction to the Grammar of English a much needed foundation for more advanced work in theoretical linguistics.

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'Dr Huddleston's style is both lucid and relaxed, so Introduction to the Grammar of English can be recommended even to those with no previous knowledge of linguistics ... Despite the good coverage of linguistic terms, this is a jargon-free book.' EFL Gazette

Table of symbols and notational conventions
Basic concepts in grammar
The structural approach to linguistic analysis
The parts of speech
Verbs and verb phrase
The structure of Kernel clauses
Nouns and noun phrases
Adjectives and adjective phrases
Verbs, nouns and adjectives: the boundaries between them
Adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions
Clause type
Coordination and subordination
Thematic systems of the clause
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ISBN: 9780521297042
ISBN-10: 0521297044
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 26th November 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.34  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.67