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Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English [Hardcover]

Prof Douglas Biber , Edward Finegan , Stig Johansson , Dr Susan Conrad , Geoffrey Leech
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4 Aug 1999 0582237254 978-0582237254 1
  • Over 350 tables and graphs show the frequency of constructions in different contexts, from conversation to fiction to academic prose

  • Entirely corpus-based with 6000 authentic examples from the 40 million-word Longman Spoken and Written English Corpus

  • Suggests the reasons why we choose a particular structure in a particular context

  • Compares British and American spoken and written English

Areas covered include basic grammar: description and distribution, key word classes and their phrases and complex structures. Each area is subdivided into more detailed content.


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  • Hardcover: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (4 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582237254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582237254
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 19.5 x 7.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Douglas Biber is Professor of Applied Linguistics (English Department) at Northern Arizona University.  His books and articles deal with language use in spoken and written discourse.


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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars item ok but took too long 28 Dec 2009
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the book is ok and in good condition, but it took realy too long to get it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A staggering body of work. 21 Jan 2008
By donmusic - Published on Amazon.com
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The years of work that went into this book have come to fruition in a stunning wealth of findings that will be indispensable in understanding the inner workings of English and of language in general. This is not a grammar textbook, as one reviewer seems to have mistaken it for. This is a description of English based on an immense corpus of authentic English text taken from spoken conversation, literature, academia, and news, in Britain and the U.S. For the corpus findings alone this book is worth every cent of its prestigious sticker price; there are many surprises and implications for English teachers, grammarians, linguists, and anyone who has a stake in British/American English language stereotypes. As a teacher of English for speakers of other languages, I can say that this book has been a serious eye opener, and has caused me to rethink content and how it is presented. When compared to a dreadful many English-learning materials (grammar texts, ESL texts, etc.), the corpus findings illuminate alarming discrepancies between how English really works, and how English is taught. This book provides, for example, the most commonly used verbs within registers, demonstrates how certain verbs have tendencies to appear in only one tense (or tense-aspect combination) or voice, and reveals that ellipsis (omission of a grammatically necessary part of the sentence, for example, "I want to," or "Feeling well?") occurs more often in British English than in American English. It is an invaluable resource, as well, for unexpected questions about things such as why relative pronouns can sometimes be omitted (a lady I know), but sometimes cannot (a lady who sings). Corpus linguistics can and should play a central role in describing and teaching language. The Longman Grammar is a mammoth achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 May 2002
By Kevin B. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent descriptive grammar of the English language. A few months ago I compared several English grammars side-by-side, and this was one of the top two, the other being Quirk et al.'s far more [costly]work. In general, every construction is discussed in terms of a grammatical analysis (theory-neutral), quantitative analysis, and a functional analysis of the quantitative results. I've found the functional descriptions to be especially helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The English Language Redefined 13 Dec 1999
By Steven A. Stupak - Published on Amazon.com
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This work redefines the English language. Working with a corpus of more than 40 million words, the authors conform every important grammatical point of the English language with its frequency in British and American speaking and writing. As a professional language tester, one of my greatest problems is the validation of my products. While I design products that withstand validation scrutiny, I have to admit, until now much of my success has been based on intuition rather than science. The LCSWE will be a tremendous boon to my work, as it should be to the work of professional English language testers the world over.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It achives the goal but is not much useful for english students 15 Oct 2009
By LuigiR1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I think that everybody who buys this books knows what he is looking for (or at least I hope so), not confusing it with an handbook or a traditional reference grammar. I think that the book achives the goal in a large extent (and, as I can guess from the long introduction, it has a strong scientific base underlaying) for teachers, writers and other specialists but I, as an english student (I use english a lot for my professional job and want to improve my level), don't find it so useful. In detail, I think that there is too much analisys, too much data and very poor synthesis. The conclusion is that I use it for very, very specific details but prefer to spend my time working with "Quirk, A comprehensive grammar..." to develop a stronger and structured knowledge of english grammar.
My review is based on one month- not intensive use- of the book: I hope my opinion may change going deeper with reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very through Grammar Book 2 July 2011
By Akhtar Hossain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is not for casual readers. It is also not for ordinary students. This is a very through book.
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