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English Grammar for Today A New Introduction

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ISBN-10: 140391642X

ISBN-13: 9781403916426

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Geoffrey Leech, Margaret Deuchar, Robert Hoogenraad

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Book details

List price: $46.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Symbols and conventions
Acknowledgements
Introduction
What Grammar Is and Is Not
Grammar and its role in language
'Good' and 'bad' grammar
Variation in language
English and other languages
Grammar and effective communication
Conclusion
Exercises
Getting Started with Grammar
Grammar in prose literature
Grammar in poetry
A taste of morphology: the structure of words
Simple and complex words
Derivational and inflectional suffixes
Summary: the main points of English morphology
Exercises
Analysis
Sentences and Their Parts
Prologue: parts of speech
The hierarchy of units
Grammatical notations
Using tests
Form and function
Summary
Exercises
Words
Open and closed word classes
The open classes
Closed word classes
Summary
Exercises
Phrases
Classes of phrase
Main and subordinate phrases
Noun phrases and related phrase classes
The adjective phrase and the adverb phrase
The verb phrase (VP)
Summary
Exercises
Clauses
Elements of the clause
Complex sentences
Tensed and tenseless clauses
Declarative, interrogative and imperative clauses
Active and passive clauses
More on clause structure
Clause patterns
The structure of tenseless clauses
Parsing a simple sentence
Summary
Exercises
Subordination and Coordination
Subordinate clauses (SCl)
Tensed subordinate clauses
The functions of subordinate clauses
Tenseless subordinate clauses
Direct and indirect subordination
Skeleton analysis
Coordination
Summary and conclusion
Exercises
Basic and Derived Structures
Constituent structure grammar
Basic and derived structures
'Missing' elements
Split constituents
'Double analysis'
Back to parsing
Style and structure-changing rules
Summary and conclusion
Exercises
Applications
Working with Discourse: Speech and Writing
Introduction
Speech and writing: which comes first?
Functions of writing and speech
The form of speech and writing
Linguistic characteristics of speech and writing
An analysis of spoken and written discourse
Conclusion
Exercises
Working with Discourse: Tenor and Domain
Introduction
Tenor
Tenor and discourse
Domain
Domain and discourse
Combining categories of use
Exercises
Working with Literary Discourse
How to analyse style
Illustrative extract
Outline analysis (with questions for further study)
Further illustrative extracts for discussion
Exercises
Grammar and Problems of Usage
Opinions about grammar
Prescriptive 'rules'
The priests of usage
Problems of personal pronouns
The problem of number concord
The problem of the generic masculine
Problems of ellipsis
Dangling tenseless clauses
Conclusion
Exercises
Grammar and composition
Grammar and writing
'Make your language easy to follow'
'Be clear'
'Be economical'
'Be clear but concise': clarity versus economy
'Be effective'
Exercises
Answers to Exercises
Notes
Further Reading