Uses of Grammar

ISBN-10: 0195175085
ISBN-13: 9780195175080
Edition: 2004
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Description: The Uses of Grammar is designed for courses in advanced grammar offered in English and Lingusitics departments. The course is often required of English majors and is almost universally required for education majors. The text is an eclectic and  More...

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List price: $64.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/20/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The Uses of Grammar is designed for courses in advanced grammar offered in English and Lingusitics departments. The course is often required of English majors and is almost universally required for education majors. The text is an eclectic and accessible approach to grammar that will appeal not only to future teachers, but also to students who are concerned about correctness in their own writing. Unlike other grammar texts, which are typically organized from parts of speechto phrases to sentences, this text emphasizes how various forms can have the same functions. It integrates structural principles with those of universal (i.e., transformational, generative, or transformational-generative) grammar, thus presenting an introduction to the concepts and methods of modernlinguistics.

Hamlin Garland was born and raised on pioneer farms in the upper Midwest, and his earliest and best fiction (most of it collected in Main Travelled Roads, 1891) deals with the unremitting hardship of frontier life---angry, realistic stories about the toil and abuses to which farmers of the time were subjected. As his fiction became more popular and romantic, its quality seriously declined, and Garland is remembered today chiefly for a handful of stories, such as "Under the Lion's Paw" and "Rose of Dutcher's Coolly." His only contribution to literary theory is Crumbling Idols (1894), in which he argued for an art that was truthful, humanitarian, and rooted in a specific locale. The first volume of his autobiography, A Son of the Middle Border (1917), was followed by the much-admired second volume, A Daughter of the Middle Border (1921), which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. He published several other volumes of reminiscence, all of which are once more available with the reprinting of the 45-volume collection of his works.

Preface 1. The Uses of Grammar Chapter Preview What Is Grammar? Why Study Grammar? History of the Uses of Grammar The Greeks and the Romans The Latin Influence on English Grammar Noah Webster: Grammar as a Description of Language Structuralism Behaviorism Transformational or Universal Grammar Three Views of Grammar Using Grammar: Usage Constitutive Rules Regulative Rules Regulative Rules and Prescriptive Grammar Using Grammar: Language Learning Chapter Review 2. Getting Started: Some Important Concepts Chapter Preview Grammaticality: Why Is This a Very Important Concept? Grammaticality, Appropriateness, and Formality Grammatical Judgments Form and Function Sentences: Subject and Predicate Phrases The Parts of Speech Form-Class Words Function Words (Structure-Class Words) Substitution, Addition, Deletion, Movement Passages for Analysis Subject and Predicate Answer Key (for page 20) Chapter Review 3. The Forms of Words: Morphology Chapter Preview The Lexicon Sources of Words in the English Lexicon Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Languages Other than English Compounds Acronyms Blends Abbreviations Back-Formations Morphemes Bound and Free Morphemes Prefixes and Suffixes Morphemes and Parts of Speech (Derivational Morphemes) Inflectional Morphemes Chapter Review 4. Basic Sentence Types Chapter Preview An Illustrative List of the Sentence Types Structure of the Basic Sentence Types Transitive Intransitive Linking Basic Sentence Types' Relationship to Other Structures Chapter Review 5. Verbs: Tense, Auxiliary Verbs, and Modals Chapter Preview Verbs Definition of Verbs Notional Definition Formal Definition Functional Definition More Functional Tests for Verbs The Verb and the Conjunction And Tense Traditional Names for Tenses Tense and Time Auxiliary Verbs and Modals Do Modals Irregular and Periphrastic Modals Modals and Tense Recapitulation Passages for Analysis Chapter Review 6. Verbs: Perfect and Progressive Aspect Chapter Preview Aspect Perfect Aspect (HAVE + EN) Progressive Aspect (BE + ING) Perfect Progressive Aspect The AUX Rule Verb Groups and the Sentence Finite and Nonfinite Verb Forms Passages for Analysis Chapter Review 7. Negative, Interrogative, Imperative, Passive Chapter Preview Review of Chapters 4 and 5 Negative With Auxiliaries Without Auxiliaries: Transitive and Nontransitive Verbs Without Auxiliaries: Be Interrogative Yes/No Questions Sentences with Auxiliaries Do, Modal, Have, Be Sentences in Which AUX Is Only TN Sentences with Be as Main Verb Wh- Questions Imperatives Passive Voice Stative Passive Passage for Analysis Chapter Review 8. Nominals: Nouns and Noun Phrases, Nonfinite Verbs Chapter Preview

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