English Grammar: An Introduction

English Grammar: An Introduction

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By (author) Peter Collins, By (author) Carmella Hollo

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 18mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230216951
  • ISBN 13: 9780230216952
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings, diagrams
  • Sales rank: 34,872

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This new edition of a successful text has been thoroughly revised to make it even more accessible to those without any prior grammatical knowledge. There is greater discussion and exemplification of key terms, while essential topics are now fully introduced at the outset. There are also new sections, more diagrams and shaded boxes.

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PETER COLLINS is Associate Professor in Linguistics and Head of the Linguistics Department at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. He is former Editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics and has published widely in corpus linguistics, grammar, and the sociolinguistics of Australian English. CARMELLA HOLLO lectures in the Department of Linguistics at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. Her primary interests are in teaching the history of the English language, and in grammar and text analysis.

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'An excellent text, written in an accessible and friendly manner, which is nonetheless authoritative and well-informed. Collins and Hollo succeed in making grammar comprehensible and relevant to contemporary English studies. With its additional material this second edition demonstrates even more convincingly how various styles of English, both spoken and written, impact on grammatical structures.' - Geoffrey Finch, formerly Anglia Polytechnic University, UK 'I know of no other textbook that shares Collins and Hollo's breadth of genres and depth of grammatical description. Students will find this edition even clearer and more engaging than the first, and instructors will delight in the connections made between English grammar and authentic modern discourse.' - Betty Phillips, Indiana State University Terre Haut, USA

Table of contents

Preface Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgements Symbols and Conventions PART I: GRAMMATICAL DESCRIPTION Introduction A Preliminary Overview Nouns and Noun Phrases Verbs and Verb Phrases Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions and Associated Phrases Clause Structure and Clause Type Subordination and Coordination Information Structure in the Clause PART II: LOOKING AT LANGUAGE IN CONTEXT From Separate Sentences to Connected Texts Text and Context Text Analysis - Putting it all Together Appendixes Answers to Exercises Glossary Some Useful References Index