9780631232926

Understanding English Grammar : A Linguistic Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631232926

  • ISBN10:

    0631232923

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-11-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

Understanding English Grammar presents a linguistic introduction to the structure of English that is accessible to students who have had little or no opportunity to study the language. The book features information about the essentials of English words, sentences, and sounds within a framework derived from modern linguistic theory. The volume also provides students with an introduction to the scholarly study of language and a comprehensive exploration of English grammar.Understanding English Grammar is designed as a teaching tool; there are numerous exercises at the end of each chapter, a list of further readings, and an indexed glossary. This second edition has been updated throughout with additional examples and enhanced discussion, as well as an increased emphasis on the study of meaning.The bookis supported by an online instructor's manual available at: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/wardhaugh.

Author Biography

Ronald Wardhaugh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. His many successful books include An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (fourth edition, Blackwell 2002) and Proper English (Blackwell 1998).

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Preface to the Second Edition x
Preliminaries
1(3)
Descriptivism and Prescriptivism
1(1)
Exercises
2(2)
Word Classes
4(29)
Parts of Speech
4(4)
Nouns
8(4)
Pronouns
12(4)
Verbs
16(4)
Adjectives
20(3)
Adverbs
23(2)
Class Boundaries
25(3)
Other Parts of Speech
28(2)
Exercises
30(3)
Constituents and Phrases
33(41)
Constituency
33(3)
Noun Phrases
36(13)
Adjective Phrases
49(3)
Prepositional Phrases
52(3)
Verb Phrases
55(9)
Adverb Phrases
64(4)
Exercises
68(6)
Basic Clauses
74(28)
Predicates and Roles
74(4)
Subjects
78(4)
Subject--Verb Agreement
82(2)
Complements
84(11)
Verb--Particle Constructions
95(3)
Exercises
98(4)
Coordination and Embedding
102(21)
Coordination
102(6)
Embedded Clauses
108(1)
Relative Clauses
109(5)
Noun Clauses
114(3)
Adverb Clauses
117(2)
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
119(1)
Exercises
120(3)
Clausal Variation
123(18)
Passives
123(5)
Imperatives
128(2)
Questions
130(5)
Emphatics
135(1)
Negatives
135(3)
Miscellaneous Patterns
138(1)
Exercises
139(2)
Underlying Relationships
141(24)
Sentence Generation
142(3)
Relationships
145(1)
Passives
146(4)
Imperatives
150(1)
Affix Hopping and Do support
151(2)
Questions
153(4)
Relatives
157(4)
Exercises
161(4)
Rules and Principles
165(20)
Negatives
165(1)
Dative Movement
166(2)
Reflexives
168(1)
There Insertion
169(2)
Complements
171(3)
Raising
174(3)
Extrapositioning
177(1)
Clefting
178(1)
Pronominalization, Substitution, and Ellipsis
179(3)
Exercises
182(3)
Sounds and Systems
185(19)
Contrastive Sounds
185(6)
Distinctive Characteristics
191(5)
Systems
196(2)
Phonemic Sequences
198(2)
Neutralization
200(1)
Transcriptions
200(2)
Exercises
202(2)
Phonetic Realization
204(13)
Allophonic Variation
204(7)
Transcriptions
211(1)
Regional and Social Variations
212(4)
Exercises
216(1)
Word Formation
217(23)
Words and Lexemes
217(2)
Morphology
219(2)
Inflection
221(5)
Derivation
226(7)
Compounding
233(2)
Conversion and Other Processes
235(3)
Exercises
238(2)
Words and Sounds
240(14)
English Stress
240(1)
Stress Assignment
241(5)
Consonant Alternations
246(3)
Vowel Alternations
249(3)
Exercises
252(2)
Sounds in Context
254(11)
Syllables
254(4)
Intonation
258(2)
Allegro Speech
260(4)
Exercises
264(1)
Further Reading
265(2)
Indexed Glossary 267

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