The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

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Overview

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language is the first comprehensive descriptive grammar of English to appear for over fifteen years, a period which has seen immense developments in linguistic theory at all levels. The principal authors, Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey Pullum, are among the world's leading scholars in this area, and they have benefited from the expertise of an international team of distinguished contributors in preparing what will be the definitive grammar for decades to come. Each chapter comprises core definitions, detailed analyses, notes explaining alternative interpretations of difficult or controversial points, and brief notes on usage and history. Numerous cross-references and an exhaustive index ensure ease of access to information. An introductory section offers guidance as to how best to use the book is provided. Rodney Huddleston was until recently Professor in the Linguistics section of the Department of English at the University of Queensland, Australia, and has been publishing important books and papers on English grammar for thirty years. Geoffrey K. Pullum is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the author of 200 articles and books on English grammar and a variety of other topics in theoretical and applied linguistics.
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Editorial Reviews

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"With help from an impressive group of international scholars, linguistics professors Huddleston (English Grammar: An Outline) and Pullum (Phonetic Symbol Guide) here provide a comprehensive and detailed look at the principles of the English language...[A]n authoritative addition to the fields of both English grammar and linguistics. Recommended for all academic libraries." Library Journal

"The Cambridge Grammar of English manages to be at once authoritative, sensible and readable. It provides what the standard usage and style manuals lack, and an understanding of how English grammar as a whole works, and of what the facts of usage really are." Terry Langendoen, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, past President of the Linguistic Society of America, and former Chair of the Linguistics and Language Sciences section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

"Everything about this book is a credit to the authors and the publishers. It is authoritative, interesting, reasonably priced (for a book of this size), beautifully designed, well proofread, and enjoyable to handle.... It is both a modern complement to existing descriptive grammars and an important resource for anyone interested in working with or finding out about English.... a very complete and convincing demonstration that the ideas of modern theoretical linguistics can be deployed in the detailed description of a particular language.... this book is as appropriate for the formally trained linguist wishing to broaden the range of data that a theory covers as for the software engineer wishing to augment NLP skills with a more serious understanding of how the language works." Computational Linguistics

"[A]n authoritative addition to the fields of both English grammar and linguistics. Recommended for all academic libraries." Library Journal

"Sets new standards, informed by the achievements of both traditional and formal grammatical studies." Bernard Comrie

"In English grammar-writing it begins a new epoch." Aimo Seppanen, University of Gotenberg

"A notable achievement. No other grammar of English is at once as comprehensive and as systematically and lucidly informed by present-day linguistic theory. I see it as an essential work of reference." Peter Matthews, Professor of Linguistics, University of Cambridge

"The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language is one of the most superb works of academic scholarship ever to appear on the English liguistics scene. This was a magnificent team effort, spanning more than ten years. Together these linguists have produced a monumental work that offers easily the most comprehensive and thought-provoking treatment of English grammar to date. Nothing rivals this work, with respect to breadth, depth and consistency of coverage." Australian Book Review

"The Cambridge Grammar of English is for the 21st century what Jespersen's A Modern English Grammar, and Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and Svartvik's A Contemporary English Grammar were for the 20th." Terry Langendoen, Professor of Lingustics at the University of Arizona

"One admires at once its great scope and the authors' scrupulous attention to detail.... Within its school, the prevailing one presently, this grammar is unquestionably the authoritative resource." Choice

Library Journal
Although the title may suggest that this is a usage manual or style guide, it is actually a reference work that, in the authors' words, aims to "outline and illustrate the principles that govern the construction of words and sentences...without recommending or condemning particular usage choices." With help from an impressive group of international scholars, linguistics professors Huddleston (English Grammar: An Outline) and Pullum (Phonetic Symbol Guide) here provide a comprehensive and detailed look at the principles of the English language. Chapters are divided into several subsections, with ample examples and explanations for each concept; both a conceptual and a lexical index are included. Although the writers attempt to "bridge a gap...between traditional grammar and the partial descriptions of English grammar proposed by those working in the field of linguistics," the book leans heavily toward the field of linguistics. This makes it more accessible to the informed student of linguistics than to the simple lover of the English language. It is nevertheless an authoritative addition to the fields of both English grammar and linguistics. Recommended for all academic libraries.-Manya S. Chylinski, Ernst & Young Ctr. for Business, Boston Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521431460
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1860
  • Sales rank: 667,448
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 2.83 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

Geoffrey K. Pullum earned his B.A. in Language at the University of York in 1972 and his Ph.D. in General Linguistics at the University of London four years later. After teaching at University College London for seven years he moved to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for six years and is currently Professor of Linguistics. He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in 1990–91. His numerous publications cover not only syntactic theory and English grammar but also on a large number of other topics in linguistics. His books include Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar (1985, with Gazdar, Klein, and Sag) and a collection of satirical essays on linguistics, The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax (1991).

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Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston; 2. Syntactic overview Rodney Huddleston; 3. The verb Rodney Huddleston; 4. The clause, I: mainly complements Rodney Huddleston; 5. Nouns and noun phrases John Payne and Rodney Huddleston; 6. Adjectives and adverbs Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston; 7. Prepositions and preposition phrases Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston; 8. The clause, II: mainly adjuncts Anita Mittwoch, Rodney Huddleston and Peter Collins; 9. Negation Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston; 10. Clause type and illocutionary force Rodney Huddleston; 11. Content clauses and reported speech Rodney Huddleston; 12. Relative clauses and unbounded dependencies Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum and Peter G. Peterson; 13. Comparative constructions Rodney Huddleston; 14. Non-finite and verbless clauses Rodney Huddleston; 15. Coordination and supplementation Rodney Huddleston, John Payne and Peter G. Peterson; 16. Information packaging Gregory Ward, Betty Birner and Rodney Huddleston; 17. Deixis and anaphora Lesley Stirling and Rodney Huddleston; 18. Inflectional morphology and related matters F. R. Palmer, Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum; 19. Lexical word-formation Laurie Bauer and Rodney Huddleston; 20. Punctuation Geoffrey Nunberg, Ted Briscoe and Rodney Huddleston; Further reading; Index.
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