Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers

ISBN-10: 0472035010
ISBN-13: 9780472035014
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nigel A. Caplan
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Description: Grammar Choicesis a guide to the choices available to academic writers in English. Although there are certainly somerulesgoverning acceptable and unacceptable grammar, there are far morechoicesto be made among grammatically acceptable forms that  More...

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List price: $24.95
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 9/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Grammar Choicesis a guide to the choices available to academic writers in English. Although there are certainly somerulesgoverning acceptable and unacceptable grammar, there are far morechoicesto be made among grammatically acceptable forms that have different meanings. The ability to control these meanings will help students communicate more effectively and efficiently in graduate-level and professional academic writing. Grammar Choicesis a different kind of grammar book: It is written for graduate students, including MBA, master’s, and doctoral candidates, as well as postdoctoral researchers and faculty. Additionally, it describes the language of advanced academic writing with more than 300 real examples from successful graduate students and from published texts, including corpora.  Activities encourage students to investigate the language choices that are typical of their own academic disciplines or professional fields through structured reading and writing activities. Grammar Choicesis cross-referenced withAcademic Writing for Graduate Students, 3rd edition (Swales & Feak, 2012).   Each of the eight units inGrammar Choicescontains: anoverviewof the grammar topic; apreviewtestthat allows students to assess their control of the target grammar and teachers to diagnose areas of difficulty;  anauthentic exampleof graduate-student writing showing the unit grammar in use; clear descriptionsof essential grammar structures using the framework of functional grammar, cutting-edge research in applied linguistics, and corpus studies;vocabularyrelevant to the grammar point is introduced—for example, common verbs in the passive voice, summary nouns used withthis/these, and irregular plural nouns;authentic examplesfor every grammar point from corpora and published texts;exercisesfor every grammar point that help writers develop grammatical awareness and use, including completing sentences, writing, revising, paraphrasing, and editing; and a section inviting writers to investigatediscipline-specific language useand apply it to an academic genre.  

Introduction
An Approach to Academic Written Grammar
Preview Test
Grammar Awareness: Report
Clause Structure
Noun Phrase Structure
Word Form
Verbs and Complements
Action Verbs
Reporting Verbs
Linking Verbs
Three Levels of Meaning
Clause Combination
Preview Test
Grammar Awareness: Definition
Types of Clauses
Equal and Unequal Clauses
Non-Restrictive Relative Clauses
-ing Clauses
Logic and Clause Combination
Summary of Punctuation
Fragments and Run-Ons
Embedded, Noun, and Complement Clauses
Preview Test
Grammar Awareness: The Introduction
Embedded Clauses (Restrictive Relative Clauses)
Reduced Embedded Clauses
Noun Clauses
Complement Noun Clauses
To Non-Finite Clauses and Subjunctive Clauses
Common Problems
Verb Forms
Preview Test
Grammar Awareness: Literature Review
Summary of Verb Tenses
Present and Past Simple Tenses
Present Perfect Tense
Writing about the Future
Other Tenses and Verb Forms
Passive Voice
Common Problems with Verb Tenses
Subject-Verb Agreement
Subject-Verb Inversion
The Noun Phrase
Preview Test
Grammar Awareness: Title and Abstract
Count and Non-Count Nouns
Articles
Generic Reference
Indefinite Reference
Definite Reference
Quantifiers
Adjectives
Nominalization
Hedging, Boosting, and Positioning
Preview Test
Grammar Awareness: Data Commentary
Modal Verbs
Would
Adverbs
Conditionals
Comparatives, Superlatives, and Equatives
Evaluative Language
Collocation and Corpus Searching
Preview Test
Grammar Awareness: Essay
Writing Using a Corpus
Prepositions
Verb-Noun Collocations
Noun-Adjective and Noun-Noun Collocations
Skeletal Sentences
Beyond the Sentence
Grammar Awareness: Textbook
Information Flow
Theme
Controlling the Theme
Paragraph Patterns
Appendix: Verbs
Glossary
References
Sources for Example Sentences/Texts

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