A Student's Introduction to English Grammar

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 17, 2005 - Education - 312 pages
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This groundbreaking undergraduate textbook on modern Standard English grammar is the first to be based on the revolutionary advances of the authors' previous work, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (2002). The analyses defended there are outlined here more briefly, in an engagingly accessible and informal style. Errors of the older tradition of English grammar are noted and corrected, and the excesses of prescriptive usage manuals are firmly rebutted in specially highlighted notes that explain what older authorities have called 'incorrect' and show why those authorities are mistaken. This book is intended for students in colleges or universities who have little or no previous background in grammar, and presupposes no linguistics. It contains exercises, and will provide a basis for introductions to grammar and courses on the structure of English not only in linguistics departments but also in English language and literature departments and schools of education.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A rapid overview
11
Verbs tense aspect and mood
29
Clause structure complements and adjuncts
63
Nouns and noun phrases
82
Adjectives and adverbs
112
Prepositions and preposition phrases
127
Negation and related phenomena
149
Relative clauses
183
Grade and comparison
195
Nonfinite clauses and clauses without verbs
204
Coordination and more
225
Information packaging in the clause
238
Morphology words and lexemes
264
Further reading
291
Glossary
295

Clause type asking exclaiming and directing
159
Subordination and content clauses
174

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Rodney Huddleston is a principal author of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (ISBN 0521431468) which won the 2004 Leonard Bloomfield Book Award of the Linguistic Society of America.

Geoffrey K. Pullum is a principal author of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (ISBN 0521431468) which won the 2004 Leonard Bloomfield Book Award of the Linguistic Society of America.

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