Discovering Grammar An Introduction to English Sentence Structure

ISBN-10: 0195129849
ISBN-13: 9780195129847
Edition: 3rd 2001
Authors: Anne Lobeck
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List price: $119.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Discovering Grammar: An Introduction to English Sentence Structure encourages students to explore grammar through a unique "discovery" approach that encompasses both critical thinking and text analysis. Ideal for courses in the structure of English, this book is also useful for courses in English education/language arts, English as a second language, and linguistics. Part One offers an overview of different definitions of and approaches to grammar and outlines the approach to descriptive grammar taken in the text. This section also includes an introduction to phrase structure and evidence for syntactic structure based on movement, pronominalization, and coordination. Part Two introduces each syntactic category (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and preposition) through morphological and syntactic evidence and highlights the basic division between lexical and grammatical categories. Part Three focuses on the structure of sentences, discussing subordination, complementation, adjunction, and more. In contrast with most traditional grammar books--whose exercises focus on drills and memorization--Discovering Grammar features practical and engaging exercises. Discovery Problems encourage students to "discover" sentence structure by analyzing patterns of data. Students can then apply their skills to Text Analysis exercises in which they examine a wide variety of different texts including excerpts from poetry, novels, television, movies, and other media. Language Diversity Exercises introduce students to other varieties of English, both earlier versions (Old and Middle English) and current "world" Englishes used both inside and outside the U.S. Each chapter concludes with a chapter review and a comprehensive exercise that can be used as a chapter test. The volume is further enhanced by a concise glossary and a guide for doing Language Diversity Exercises.

Anne Lobeck is Professor of English and Linguistics at Western Washington University. Her work includes articles on theoretical syntax and linguistics in education, and in addition to her two books with Kristin Denham she is author of Ellipsis: Functional Heads, Licensing and Identification (1995) and Discovering Grammar: An Introduction to English Sentence Structure (2000).

Each chapter opens with an Introduction and closes with a Summary, Discovery Problems, Text Analysis, Language Diversity Exercises, Chapter Review Terms, and Chapter Review Exercises Preface Acknowledgments PART I: THE GRAMMATICAL SYSTEM 1. Grammar and Our Knowledge of Language The Components of Grammar Descriptive and Prescriptive Grammar Standard English The Approach to Grammar in This Book 2. Some Syntactic Fundamentals: Categories and Phrases Syntactic Categories Grammatical and Lexical Categories Phrase Structure 3. Evidence for Phrases: Movement, Pronominalization, and Coordination Movement Pronominalization Coordination PART II: CATEGORIES 4. Nouns Semantic Classes of Nouns The Morphology of Nouns The Syntax of the Noun Phrase Categories that Introduce Nouns: Determiners, Numerals and Quantifiers 5. The Forms and Meanings of Verbs The Semantics of Verbs The Morphology of Verbs Semantic Tense and Aspect Future Tense and Modals Infinitives Grammatical Verbs: Auxiliaries and Modals 6. The Syntax of the Verb Phrase A Phrase Structure Rule for Verb Phrase Negation and Do-Insertion Not Contraction Subject-Auxiliary Inversion and Tag The Grammatical Category Auxiliary 7. Adjectives and Adjective Phrases The Semantics of Adjectives The Morphology of Adjectives Categories That Introduce Adjectives: Degree Words The Syntax of the Adjective Phrase Adjective Phrase Positions 8. Adverbs and Adverb Phrases Semantic Classes of Adverbs The Morphology of Adverbs Categories That Introduce Adverbs: Degree Words Adverb Phrase Positions 9. Prepositions The Semantics of Prepositions The Morphology of Prepositions Categories That Introduce Prepositions Prepositions: A Grammatical or Lexical Category? The Phrase Structure of Prespositional Phrases Intransitive Prepositions: Particles More Prepositional Phrases PART III: GRAMMATICAL FUNCTIONS 10. The Sentence: Clause Structure, Subordination, and Coordination The Structure of the Clause: NP and VP Independent and Subordinate Clauses Types of Subordinate Clauses 11. Complements Subcategorization Complements of Verbs Complements of Other Lexical Categories 12. Adjuncts in the Verb Phrase Prepositional Phrase Adjuncts Adverb Phrase and Adverbial Noun Phrase Adjuncts Participial Phrase Adjuncts Adjective Phrase Adjuncts Clausal Adjuncts 13. Adjuncts in the Noun Phrase Appositive Noun Phrases Restrictive Relative Clauses Nonrestrictive Relative Clauses Free Relative Clauses Glossary Appendix Index

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