English Grammar: An Outline

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 16, 1988 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 212 pages
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This elementary textbook provides a succinct step-by-step account of all the most important and central English construction and categories. Rodney Huddleston's earlier work,An Introduction to the Grammar of English, was praised by reviewers for its clarity, and that is a particular strength of this new textbook as well. The book draws on descriptive and theoretical advances made in modern linguistics, but any significant departures from traditional grammar are pointed out. An important feature of the book is that it explains the major grammatical categories at both a language-particular level (specifically for English) and a general level, so that it could be used as a concise reference work for English by students taking courses in language typology.
 

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Contents

Preliminaries
1
The parts of speech a preliminary outline
22
Verbs
37
The structure of kernel clauses
49
Tense aspect and modality
69
Nouns and noun phrases
84
Adjectives determinatives and numerals
108
Adverbs and prepositions
120
Clause type
129
Negation
143
The subordination of clauses
152
Thematic systems of the clause
173
Coordination
193
Further reading
208
Index
209
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About the author (1988)

Rodney Huddleston graduated from the University of Cambridge in Modern & Medieval Languages in 1960, and earned his PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 1963. He held lectureships at the University of Edinburgh, University College London and the University of Reading, before moving in 1969 to the Department of English at the University of Queensland, where he worked until formally retiring in 1998. He was the winner of one of three Excellence in Teaching' awards at the University of Queensland in 1988, and in 1990 was awarded a Personal Chair. He has written numerous articles and books on English grammar, including An Introduction to English Transformational Syntax (1976) and Introduction to the Grammar of English (1984), and was the founding editor of The Australian Journal of Linguistics (1980--1985).

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