The Columbia Guide to Standard American English / Edition 1

The Columbia Guide to Standard American English / Edition 1

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by Kenneth G. Wilson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231069898

ISBN-13: 9780231069892

Pub. Date: 08/23/1996

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In the most reliable and readable guide to effective writing for the Americans of today, Wilson answers questions of meaning, grammar, pronunciation, punctuation, and spelling in thousands of clear, concise entries. His guide is unique in presenting a systematic, comprehensive view of language as determined by context. Wilson provides a simple chart of

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In the most reliable and readable guide to effective writing for the Americans of today, Wilson answers questions of meaning, grammar, pronunciation, punctuation, and spelling in thousands of clear, concise entries. His guide is unique in presenting a systematic, comprehensive view of language as determined by context. Wilson provides a simple chart of contexts—from oratorical speech to intimate, from formal writing to informal—and explains in which contexts a particular usage is appropriate, and in which it is not.

The Columbia Guide to Standard American English provides the answers to questions about American English the way no other guide can with:

* an A–Z format for quick reference;

* over five thousand entries, more than any other usage book;

* sensible and useful advice based on the most current linguistic research;

* a convenient chart of levels of speech and writing geared to context;

* both descriptive and prescriptive entries for guidance;

* guidelines for nonsexist usage;

* individual entries for all language terms.

A vibrant description of how our language is being spoken and written at the end of the twentieth century—and how we ourselves can use it most effectively—The Columbia Guide to Standard American English is the ideal handbook to language etiquette: friendly, sensible, and reliable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231069892
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/23/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
482
Sales rank:
845,985
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Columbia Guide to Standard American English 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is by far the BEST grammar book I have ever purchased. I appreciate its contents to the fullest extent. Barnes and Noble also has it priced at the lowest price I have ever seen. Great buy, great value!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't had a good grammar book since high school (that wonderful book is somewhere in a storage box). This is the first good replacement I found in all those years. It is a wonderful, alphabetically arranged reference for all those problems I encounter when I sit at my word processor trying to produce the next great piece of world literature. A great reference work for any writer or teacher!