Introducing English Grammar

ISBN-10: 1444109871
ISBN-13: 9781444109870
Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Introduction: the glamour of grammar
Purpose and nature of grammatical description
Standard English and variation
English rules, OK?
Why study English grammar?
English language in the workplace
The branches of linguistics
Exercises
The structure of sentences
Introduction
The structure of words
How do we know sentences have structure?
Constituency tests
Three additional tests
Nested constituents
Representing structure
Points to remember
Exercises
The words of English
Introduction
The meaning of lexical categories
Structural criteria
Major categories
The minor categories
Phrasal categories and their structure
Points to remember
Exercises
Functions within the clause
Introduction
The predicate
The subject
The object
The predicative complement
The adverbial
Trees
Points to remember
Exercises
Different sentence types
Introduction
Declaratives
Interrogatives
Imperatives
Exclamatives
Echoes
Trees
Points to remember
Exercises
The verb phrase
The constituency of verb strings
Time and tense
Lexical verbs and auxiliary verbs
Auxiliary verbs
Lexical have, be and do
Classes of lexical verbs
Trees
Points to remember
Exercises
The noun phrase
How to spot a noun phrase
Who's the boss?
Determiners
Pre-modifiers
Pre-determiners
Post-modifiers
Complements
Trees
Points to remember
Exercises
Clauses within clauses
Clauses
Finite sub-clauses
Non-finite clauses
Subjectless clauses
Trees
Points to remember
Exercises
Beyond the sentence
Introduction
Information packaging
Discourse strategies
Points to remember
Exercises
Grammar at work
Introduction
Speech versus writing
E-Speak - somewhere between speech and writing
Occupational varieties
Points to remember
Exercises
English worldwide
Introduction
New Englishes: Indian English
Other Englishes
Variation in the Native Englishes
Vernacular universals
The future of Standard English
Points to remember
Exercises
Further reading
Glossary
Index

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