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"Language is basically a device for verbal exchange, but many textbooks nonetheless deal with English grammar as easily a suite of principles and evidence to be memorised through rote. This new textbook is made for college kids who're annoyed with this strategy and would favor as an alternative to appreciate grammar and the way it really works. Why are there destiny tenses in English? What are auxiliaries and why are they so complicated? Why are English motion Read more...

content material: creation; 1. heritage; 2. Typology; three. The lexicon; four. Morphology --
the shapes of phrases; five. player reference; 6. activities, states and procedures; 7. easy ideas in English syntax; eight. complicated techniques in English syntax; nine. Complementation; 10. amendment; eleven. Auxiliaries and the 'black gap' of English syntax; 12. Time and truth; thirteen. Voice and valence; 14. Clause combining; 15. Pragmatic grounding and pragmatically marked constructions.
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Understanding English grammar : a linguistic introduction

"Language is basically a device for verbal exchange, but many textbooks nonetheless deal with English grammar as easily a collection of principles and evidence to be memorised by means of rote. This new textbook is made for college students who're pissed off with this strategy and would prefer as a substitute to appreciate grammar and the way it really works. Why are there destiny tenses in English?

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1SG sugar b. Magst du Zucker? 2SG you sugar The sentence corresponding to (1b) is strictly ungrammatical in English: (2) *Like you sugar? Instead, a “dummy” auxiliary, do (did in the past tense), must be inserted in order to express a yes/no question. The rest of the sentence maintains the normal English Subject-Verb-Object order: (3) Do you like sugar? Did you like sugar? Where did this rather odd feature of English come from? It apparently didn’t come from Old German or Old Norse, since none of the other modern descendents of these languages have this feature.

Alas for the bright cup! Alas for the mailed warrior! Alas for the splendour of the prince! In his novels, J. R. R. 3) periods of English history. For example, in The Two Towers, the hero Aragorn sings a song of the country of Rohan (itself a portrait of AngloSaxon England), which begins “Where now the horse and the rider? ” (Tolkien 1965 [1954]:142). Aragorn’s song clearly echoes this section of The Wanderer. There are three letters in this text that will not be familiar to Modern English readers.

At various points throughout the text I will refer back to the notions of form, meaning, and use, as well as to the metaphors of the discourse stage and the form–meaning composite. Understanding English grammar involves understanding the formal structures, the meanings they evoke, and the uses to which people apply them in communication. 20 Understanding English Grammar Summary ................................................................................................................... In summary, in this book we will view English grammar as a thoroughly practical and thoroughly human tool for communication.

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