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A Reference Grammar of French (Reference Grammars) Paperback – 14 Jul 2011


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'All serious students of French will welcome this reference grammar. It is comprehensive and clear and a lively extract from creative writing at the beginning of each chapter illustrates current usage. The authors emphasise standard language, but they also show awareness of different registers and the variety of use within francophonie. The work will prove very useful to students and teachers for many years.' Walter Grauberg, Director of the University Language Centre and Head of Linguistics, University of Nottingham

'… a vital resource for advanced speakers of French who wish to refine their knowledge of the French grammar … This book could certainly serve as a useful resource in ad advanced grammar class … the chapters on the history of the French language and on linguistic register and variation are an excellent resource for introducing linguistic topics that go beyond that which is typically found in a grammar manual.' French Review

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A Reference Grammar of French is a lively, wide-ranging and original handbook on the structure of the French language. It will be an invaluable resource for students and teachers who want to perfect their knowledge of all aspects of French grammar.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94fbd588) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x954dcba0) out of 5 stars Not really a reference grammar--just looks like one 27 Mar. 2014
By Gregory N. Hullender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book rarely bothers to explain anything--it just offers examples as though you might figure them out for yourself. For example, with units of time (years, months, days, etc.) there is a distinction between masculine (which conceptualizes them as points in time) and feminine (which conceptualizes then as durations). There is a parallel between the imperfect and the simple past. But you won't lean any of that from Batchelor et al. They just say the masculine is "more precise" and then proceed to offer half a dozen French sentences with no English translations.

For pronunciation, it simply advises you to try a couple of Google searches, and then it gives pages and pages of words that have "similar" pronunciations, without bothering to tell you much, if anything, about what makes them similar.

This pattern--large blocks of untranslated French, long lists of words or phrases without explanations, and vague, hand-waving statements of grammatical principles--applies to all parts of the book. It is as though someone put together the raw material for a reference grammar but then never got around to finishing it--and yet it got published somehow.

The only value I could imagine that it might have is for a reader who was a very advanced student of French who might find it entertaining to flip through. But the serious student who wants to read authentic novels or the would-be translator who needs help with grammatical corner cases will find this book to be of no value whatsoever. It should never have been published in the first place.
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HASH(0x97f336a8) out of 5 stars An absolutely atrocious reference grammar 2 Feb. 2015
By N.Lo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It would be hard to overstate how terrible this book is -- a horribly executed reference grammar by two authors who appear to have no linguistics training at all.

The information is poorly organized, with rule after rule appearing in successive paragraphs, with minimal use of headers and very little organization by theme. It is rife with ramblings that have no place in a reference grammar.

Worst of all, it is full of inaccuracies and misinformation -- on one page the authors breathlessly write that the French language is descended, via Latin, from Greek! That was when I shut the book and returned it.

An absolute atrocity.
HASH(0x9647de94) out of 5 stars Extremely informative! 14 Jun. 2013
By stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I received it I could not take my hands off of it! So much to read, very interesting comments and examples. Perfect to teach an advanced grammar class that focuses on the importance of language variation.
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