Introduction to English Syntax

Author: Jim Miller

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748633626

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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REVIEW FROM PREVIOUS EDITION: 'A slim and useful student textbook for English Syntax. Although most of the examples are from English, the book introduces general concepts which provide the necessary tools for a basic syntactic analysis of any language. The book concentrates on topics that will remain useful to the student who does not go on to study linguistics but, say, literature or EFL teaching.' - The Year's Work in English StudiesIn this revised and fully updated new edition of his popular textbook, Jim Miller discusses the central concepts of syntax which are applied in a wide range of university courses, in business communication, in teaching and in speech therapy. The book deals with concepts which are central to traditional grammar but have been greatly refined over the past forty years: parts of speech and how to recognise them, constructions and their interrelationships, subordinate clauses and how to recognise the different types, subjects and objects, Agents and Patients and other roles. The book draws out the connections between syntax and meaning and between syntax and discourse; in particular, a new chapter focuses on the analysis of discourse and the final chapter deals with tense, aspect and voice, topics which are central to the construction of texts and are of major importance in second language learning. They are also areas where meaning and grammar interconnect very closely.Key FeaturesCoverage of central themes with a wide application outside the study of syntaxExplains basic concepts, supported by a glossary of technical termsExercises and sources for further reading provided.

An Introduction to English Syntax

Author: Jim Miller,James Edward Miller

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748612536

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

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In An Introduction to English Syntax, Jim Miller discusses the central concepts of syntax which are applied in a wide range of university courses, in business, in teaching and in speech therapy. The book deals with traditional concepts which have been greatly refined and extended over the past thirty years: what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are and how they can be recognised; what a subordinate clause is and how different types of subordinate clause can be recognised; what subjects and objects are. The book draws out the connections between syntax and meaning; in particular, two chapters focus on topics such as tense, mood and voice which are central to the use of language and are of major importance in second language learning. They are also areas where meaning and grammar interconnect very closely. There is a final chapter on how sentences are combined in the creation of texts and on the role of various syntactic constructions in texts.* Coverage of central themes with a wide application outside the study of syntax* Explains basic concepts, supported by a glossary of technical terms* Exercises and sources for further reading provided

An Introduction to Old English

Author: Richard Hogg

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748613281

Category: English language

Page: 163

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An Introduction to Old Englishis an accessible overview of the first centuries in the history of the English language. It combines a wide variety of short texts with a coherent and up-to-date assessment of the forms of language which remain as the foundation of English today, offering a unique study of Old English in context. It is designed for students unfamiliar with the earliest stages of the English language and provides a basis for further study of the history of the language to the present day. All the basic elements of Old English are covered, including nouns, adjectives, verbs, syntax, word order and vocabulary. Wherever possible comparisons are drawn between Old English and the present-day language, but also with other related languages such as Dutch, German and French. There are also chapters introducing readers to both Old English poetry and dialect variation as well as a chapter looking at what happened to the language after the Norman Conquest.* Up-to-date account of the linguistics of the Old English period with particular stress on syntax and vocabulary * Integrates accounts of the language with selected texts graded to improve accessibility for the beginner* Strong emphasis on the relation between Old English and present-day English together with relevant features in related languages* Contains exercises, a glossary of key terms and an Old English glossary

Introduction to Middle English

Author: Simon Horobin

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 147440846X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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GBS_insertPreviewButtonPopup('ISBN:9780748614813);An Introduction to Middle English is designed to provide undergraduate students of English historical linguistics with a concise description of the language during the period 1100-1500. Middle English, the language of Chaucer, is discussed in relation to both earlier and later stages in the history of English, and in relation to other languages with which it came into contact.Key Featurespresents the historical and geographical contexts of Middle Englishexamines the evidence for Middle English; introduces the principal features of Middle English spelling, pronunciation, grammar and vocabularyincludes an introduction to Middle English textual studies; selected Middle English texts, both literary and non-literary; notes, glossaries and annotated bibliographies; and questions for review.Most other introductory books on Middle English focus on literary rather than linguistic matters; this book is designed to redress the balance, by providing students of English language with an up-to-date, authoritative survey which takes account of recent trends in historical linguistics."e;

An Introduction to Early Modern English

Author: Terttu Nevalainen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195308471

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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An introduction to Early Modern English, this book helps students of English and linguistics to place the language of the period 1500-1700 in its historical context as a language with a common core but also one which varies across time, regionally and socially, and according to register. The volume focuses on the structure of what contemporaries called the General Dialect--its spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation--and on its dialectal origins. The book also discusses the language situation and linguistic anxieties in England at a time when Latin exerted a strong influence on the rising standard language.

Introduction to Old English

Author: Richard Hogg

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074868946X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

View: 499

An student's introduction to the first centuries in the history of the English language.

Glossary of English Grammar

Author: Geoffrey Leech

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748626913

Category: Reference

Page: 144

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A Glossary of English Grammar presents a wide range of terms used to describe the way the English language is structured. Grammatical terms can be a problem for students, especially when there are alternative names for the same thing (for example, 'past tense' and 'preterite'). This book therefore provides a basic and accessible guide, focusing on the English language. Definitions of grammatical terms are given in simple language, with clear examples, many from authentic texts and spoken sources, showing how they are used. The terms used in the Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language are widely seen as standard, and form the basis of grammatical terminology in this book. At the same time, this glossary does not neglect other variants of English grammar, such as that of Huddleston and Pullum's influential Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, whose most important terms are also covered here. This book is indispensable for anyone wishing to understand present-day terminology of English grammar more fully.

Introduction to Late Modern English

Author: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748631305

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Some twenty years ago it was widely believed that nothing much happened to the English language since the beginning of the eighteenth century. Recent research has shown that this is far from true, and this book offers an introduction to a period that forms the tail end of the standardisation process (codification and prescription), during which important social changes such as the Industrial Revolution are reflected in the language. Late Modern English is currently receiving a lot of scholarly attention, mainly as a result of new developments in sociohistorical linguistics and corpus linguistics. By drawing on such research the present book offers a much fuller account of the language of the period than was previously possible. It is designed for students and beginning scholars interested in Late Modern English. The volume includes: * a basis in recent research by which sociolinguistic models are applied to earlier stages of the language (1700-1900) * a focus on people as speakers (wherever possible) and writers of English* Research questions aimed at acquiring skills at working with important electronic research tools such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography* Reference to electronically available texts and databases such as Martha Ballard's Diary, the Proceedings of the Old Bailey and Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management.

An Introduction to English Language

Author: Koenraad Kuiper,W. Scott Allan

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 1137496886

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 1997

Have you ever noticed something unusual about vocabulary or pronunciation and wanted to know more? Have you ever wondered how the building blocks of language fit together? Do you want to understand the different ways speakers of English communicate with each other? Back for its fourth edition, An Introduction to English Language is essential reading for students of English language and linguistics. Combining accessibility with depth, it is a textbook that assumes no prior knowledge and will serve as an ideal companion for anybody approaching this subject for the first time. This revised and updated fourth edition of An Introduction to English Language: • Is packed with fresh material, including a brand new chapter on pragmatics • Includes a range of in-text activities and exercises for practicing what you've learned as you go • Is accompanied by an interactive ebook which allows you to access media resources while you're on the move. The book's learning materials (including Powerpoint slides, downloadable sound files and video tutorials) are also freely available on the book's companion website: https://he.palgrave.com/companion/Kuiper-and-Allan-An-Introduction-To-English-Language/

The Study of Language

Author: George Yule

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139486764

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

View: 4499

This best-selling textbook provides an engaging and user-friendly introduction to the study of language. Assuming no prior knowledge in the subject, Yule presents information in short, bite-sized sections, introducing the major concepts in language study – from how children learn language to why men and women speak differently, through all the key elements of language. This fourth edition has been revised and updated with twenty new sections, covering new accounts of language origins, the key properties of language, text messaging, kinship terms and more than twenty new word etymologies. To increase student engagement with the text, Yule has also included more than fifty new tasks, including thirty involving data analysis, enabling students to apply what they have learned. The online study guide offers students further resources when working on the tasks, while encouraging lively and proactive learning. This is the most fundamental and easy-to-use introduction to the study of language.

Introduction to Regional Englishes

Author: Joan C Beal

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748687262

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

View: 1499

A description of regional varieties of British English, along with discussion of current research in dialectology/ variationist sociolinguistics.

The English Language in Scotland

An Introduction to Scots

Author: Charles Jones

Publisher: Tuckwell Press

ISBN: 9781862322066

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 120

View: 3226

The English language as it is used in Scotland has a genuine claim to be considered one of the important varieties of English in the world today. Scots has also had a major influence outwith its home territory, notably in Ulster and, to a smaller, but no less important extent, in Canada and Australia where both vocabulary and grammatical features of Scots can be found to this day.

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

Author: Rodney D. Huddleston,Geoffrey K. Pullum

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521431460

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 1842

View: 8066

The definitive new grammatical description of international Standard English for contemporary specialists in the language.

A Critical Introduction to Syntax

Author: James Edward Miller,Jim Miller

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826497047

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 275

View: 2001

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Construction Grammar and Its Application to English

Author: Martin Hilpert

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748675841

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

View: 3475

Written in an accessible and engaging style, with exercises and qustions to stimulate reflection, this textbook provides a thorough grounding in the central concepts of Construction Grammar for advanced students in linguistics and English language.

The Handbook of English Linguistics

Author: Bas Aarts,April McMahon

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 140517840X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 824

View: 2458

The Handbook of English Linguistics is a collection of articles written by leading specialists on all core areas of English linguistics that provides a state-of-the-art account of research in the field. Brings together articles from the core areas of English linguistics, including syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, as well as variation, discourse, stylistics and usage Written by specialists from around the world Provides an introduction to a key area of English Linguistics and includes a discussion of the most recent theoretical and descriptive research, as well as extensive bibliographic references

Corpus Linguistics and the Description ofEnglish

Author: Hans Lindquist

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748631402

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 7717

A lively hands-on introduction to the use ofelectronic corpora in the description and analysis of English, this bookprovides an ideal introduction for university students of English at theintermediate level. Students planning papers, dissertations or theses willfind the book a particularly valuable guide.After introducing corpora andthe rationale and basic methodology of corpus linguistics, the authorpresents a number of case studies providing new insights into vocabulary,collocations, phraseology, metaphor and metonymy, syntactic structures, maleand female language, and language change. In a final chapter it is shown howthe web can be used as a source for linguistic investigations. Each chapterhas study questions, exercises and suggestions for further reading.Studentswill benefit from the book's*Clear language and structure *Well-definedterminology *Step-by-step instructions *Generous, up-to-date exemplificationfrom different varieties of English around the world *Accompanying web-pagewith exercises and updated information about freely accessiblecorpora.

Oxford Companion to the English Language

Author: Tom McArthur,Jacqueline Lam-McArthur,Lise Fontaine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191073873

Category: Reference

Page: 768

View: 8597

The Oxford Companion to the English Language provides an authoritative single-volume source of information about the English language. It is intended both for reference and for browsing. The first edition of this landmark Companion, published in 1998, adopted a strong international perspective, covering topics from Cockney to Creole, Aboriginal English to Caribbean English and a historical range from Chaucer to Chomsky, Latin to the World Wide Web. It succinctly described and discussed the English language at the end of the twentieth century, including its distribution and varieties, its cultural, political, and educational impact worldwide, its nature, origins, and prospects, and its pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, word-formation, and usage. This new edition notably focuses on World Englishes, English language teaching, English as an international language, and the effect of technological advances on the English language. More than 130 new entries include African American English, British Sign Language, China English, digital literacy, multimodality, social networking, superdiversity, and text messaging, among many others. It also includes new biographical entries on key individuals who have had an impact on the English language in recent decades, including Beryl (Sue) Atkins, Adam Kilgariff, and John Sinclair. It is an invaluable reference for English Language students, and fascinating reading for any general reader with an interest in language.

Late Modern English Syntax

Author: Marianne Hundt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107032792

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 408

View: 7835

Using increasingly sophisticated databases, this volume explores grammatical usage from the Late Modern period in a broad context.

Introduction to International Varieties of English

Author: Laurie Bauer

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 1474400450

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

View: 4189

This book looks at native speaker varieties of English, considering how and why they differ in terms of their pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and spelling. It shows how the major national varieties of English have developed, why similar causes have given rise to different effects in different parts of the world, and how the same problems of description arise in relation to all 'colonial' Englishes.It covers varieties of English spoken in Britain, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Falkland Islands.Key FeaturesIntroductory text, presupposes a minimum of previous knowledgeFocuses on common traits rather than on individual varietiesInformed by latest research on dialect mixingExercises included with each chapterReferences for further reading in each chapter