Longman Grammar Spoken and Written English

Longman Grammar Spoken and Written English

Hardback Grammar Reference

By (author) Douglas Biber, By (author) Stig Johansson, By (author) Geoffrey Leech, By (author) Susan Conrad, By (author) Edward Finegan

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Hardback | 1232 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 254mm x 66mm | 1,950g
  • Publication date: 15 November 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 0582237254
  • ISBN 13: 9780582237254
  • Sales rank: 305,833

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* Over 350 tables and graphs show the frequency of constructions in different contexts, from conversation to fiction to academic prose * Entirely corpus-based with 6000 authentic examples from the 40 million-word Longman Spoken and Written English Corpus * Suggests the reasons why we choose a particular structure in a particular context * Compares British and American spoken and written English Areas covered include basic grammar: description and distribution, key word classes and their phrases and complex structures. Each area is subdivided into more detailed content.

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Douglas Biber is Professor of Applied Linguistics (English Department) at Northern Arizona University. His books and articles deal with language use in spoken and written discourse.

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The "Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English" is a revolutionary, corpus-based reference grammar of English, based on a groundbreaking research project to analyze the ways in which English grammar is really used. The book looks at four text types "conversation, fiction, news reportage, and academic prose" and reports statistical findings as well as examining the reasons that condition a particular grammatical choice. Encompasses a six-year research project into the ways in which language is really used. Reveals which structures, tenses, and lexical choices occur, and how their distribution differs in different text types. Analyzes natural language in each chapter, based on analysis of the real everyday conversations in the Longman Spoken American Corpus and the British National Corpus. Contains over 350 tables and graphs that show the frequency of constructions across different registers, from conversation to fiction to academic prose. "