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A Course Book in English Grammar (2nd Edition)

Standard English and the Dialects

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 393
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Studies in English Language

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Paperback - 9780333624937

05 July 1995

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05 July 1995

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The study of language in written texts and transcripts of speech is greatly helped by a student's abilityBB to identify and describe those prominent features of the grammar which make one variety of English different from...

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The study of language in written texts and transcripts of speech is greatly helped by a student's abilityBB to identify and describe those prominent features of the grammar which make one variety of English different from another. A Course Book in English Grammar looks at many of the problems encountered by students and encourages them to find their own answers and to assess hypotheses about grammatical description. There are activities at each step, using authentic written and spoken data. Using 'real' texts avoids the faking of evidence to be found in some traditional grammar books, and interesting problems of analysis that arise in such texts are a source of useful discussion. The book has been thoroughly revised and expanded for this second edition, which contains additional chapters and material. A new opening chapter discusses the concept of 'grammatically correct English' and the differences between descriptive, prescriptive and proscriptive approaches to the writing of grammar books. The book is a systematic description of Standard English, and examples of contemporary spoken dialectal grammar are introduced and analysed to illustrate the differences between standard and nonstandard usage. A Course Book in English Grammar will prove invaluable to all students of English Language.

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Preface to Second Edition
Symbols Bibliography
Standard English and the English Language
Encoding Experience in Language
Lexical Words and Meaning Function Words
Vocabulary
Six Kinds of Phrase
Noun and Prepositional Phrases
Verb Phrases Clauses
Complexity in Clause Constituents
Complex Clauses Derived
Clauses Sentences
The Grammar of Texts
Index.

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