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A Student's Introduction to English Grammar [Kindle Edition]

Rodney Huddleston , Geoffrey K. Pullum
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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'... this grammar is a thought provoking book and a challenging read for grammarians working along more traditional or mainstream lines.' Moderna Sprak

'… this book stands out as a remarkable achievement in both the descriptive and generative textbook tradition …' Acta Linguistica Hungarica

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A Student's Introduction to English Grammar is a groundbreaking new textbook on English sentence structure for students in colleges and universities. Based on the authors' highly acclaimed earlier work The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, it is up to date and accessible, and contains exercises and special usage notes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6025 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (17 Feb. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKE1T2Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deeper understanding of grammar 28 July 2013
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As a humble ESL teacher, not a linguist, this was my first experience of a linguistics approach to grammar. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is somewhat familiar with standard grammar textbooks and would like to pursue a deeper, more exploratory approach to the subject.

At first I was surprised by some of the terminology until I switched into the critical and descriptive mindset. This book starts to look at the logic of language which underlies the so-called grammar rules found in textbooks. In a way, it actually simplifies one's understanding of grammar (in a positive sense) because, rather than an endless list of apparently arbitrary rules and exceptions for different situations, it provides an outline description of why those rules are the way they are.

I don't think it would be possible to use this material directly in teaching, because it requires the fine sensibility of an educated native speaker to appreciate some of the nuances, and the technical language of linguistics-based grammar theory is different to that of the textbook grammar theory with which ESL students are familiar. However, the critical approach is extremely useful for ESL teachers because it can help us clarify our own understanding of the language points we are trying to teach. Understanding the language structures at a deeper level than that at which we are teaching them can only be helpful. It makes the clarification stage of grammar teaching more natural and effortless.

The book is written in a beautifully functional but relaxed style. It provides a critical and intelligent overview of English grammar categories from the perspective of two cutting-edge linguists. Geoffrey Pullum, by the way, is known elsewhere for his highly amusing and cynical essays on the world of linguistics and publishing. Apart from its superlative content, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar is also a testament to the stylistic versatility of the authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful introductory grammar text 14 Jan. 2013
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I recently used this book as a supplementary text to help me plan and teach a introduction to grammar unit on an English Linguistics module for aspiring English Language teachers and found it very useful indeed. As the key text for the module had already been selected, I included it as a further reading source for students to consult. Feedback from the students was very positive and they liked the descriptions and end of unit exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition, very accessible. 1 July 2012
By Zara
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This is a very useful source book. Any time I am stuck with a definition/explanation this book is on hand to give a simple overview. Definitely recommend it to any studying English grammar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Nov. 2014
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A really good analysis of English Grammar. Moves away from anecdotal rules towards a coherent theoretical structure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Jan. 2015
By kelly
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Great condition and a good book for studies.
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