An Introduction to the Grammar of English

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It has been eight years since An Introduction to the Grammar of English was first published. The second edition is completely revised and greatly expanded, especially where texts, example sentences, exercises, and cartoons are concerned. It continues to provide a very lively and clearly written textbook. The book introduces basic concepts of grammar in a format which inspires the reader to use linguistic arguments. The style of the book is engaging and examples from poetry, jokes, and puns illustrate grammatical concepts. The focus is on syntactic analysis and evidence. However, special topic sections contribute sociolinguistic and historical reasons behind prescriptive rules such as the bans on split infinitives, dangling participles, and preposition stranding. The book is written for undergraduate students and structured for a semester-long course. It provides exercises, keys to those exercises, and sample exams. It also includes a comprehensive glossary. A basic website will be kept up at
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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 19.05mm | 495g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 902721168X
  • 9789027211682
  • 769,220

Table of contents

1. Foreword; 2. Preface to the second edition; 3. Abbreviations; 4. List of figures; 5. List of tables; 6. Chapter 1. Introduction; 7. Chapter 2. Categories; 8. Chapter 3. Phrases; 9. Review of Chapters 1-3; 10. Chapter 4. Functions in the sentence; 11. Chapter 5. More functions, of prepositions and particles; 12. Chapter 6. The structure of the verb group (VGP) in the VP; 13. Review of Chapters 4-6; 14. Chapter 7. Finite clauses: Embedded and coordinated; 15. Chapter 8. Non-finite clauses; 16. Review of Chapters 7 and 8; 17. Chapter 9. The structure of the PP, AdjP, AdvP, and NP; 18. Chapter 10. Clauses as parts of NPs and AdjPs; 19. Chapter 11. Special sentences; 20. Review of Chapters 9 to 11; 21. Glossary; 22. References; 23. Index
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