Liberating Grammar

Liberating Grammar

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For junior/graduate-level courses in English Grammar and Advanced English Syntax.Designed to make grammar fun and intellectually exciting, this text doesn't teach students about grammar but how to do grammar -i.e., how to understand the structure and function - the rationale - of the English language by becoming actively involved with their own analysis and description of the language. Building on what students already know intuitively about English, it is the first text to combine traditional and generative approaches in one practical synthesis - showing students how to notice patterns in their language, how to describe those patterns in clear and principled ways, how to decide which of their descriptions are best, and how to represent their decisions in the form of rules and diagrams.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130928593
  • 9780130928597

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Language, Grammar, and Usage. 2. Getting Started: Structure and Class. 3. Moving On: Class and Function. 4. Verbs and the Verb Phrase. 5. Nouns and the Noun Phrase. 6. Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, and Their Phrases. 7. Morphology and the English Verb Group. 8. The Simple Sentence and Beyond: Subordination and Coordination of Clauses. 9. Towards the Text: Information, Theme, and Paragraphs. Answers to End-of-Chapter Exercises. Glossary. Appendix I: List of Irregular Verb Forms. Appendix II: Suggestions for Perpetual Practice.
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