Grammar and Meaning: A Semantic Approach to English Grammar / Edition 1

Grammar and Meaning: A Semantic Approach to English Grammar / Edition 1

by Howard Jackson
     
 

Grammar and Meaning is an introduction to the study of grammar of contemporary English. It provides an impressive survey of all the main areas of English grammar, from words through to sentences and texts. It introduces and explains the linguistic terms needed to talk about the ways in which language works, from simple terms like adjective to more complex terms

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Grammar and Meaning is an introduction to the study of grammar of contemporary English. It provides an impressive survey of all the main areas of English grammar, from words through to sentences and texts. It introduces and explains the linguistic terms needed to talk about the ways in which language works, from simple terms like adjective to more complex terms like non-finite clause. To meet the needs of both students and scholars, Howard Jackson has produced an innovative approach to the study of English grammar. Instead of concentrating on the formal and theoretical discussion of grammar, as many introductions do, this original analysis examines the 'meanings' we want to express when we use language. Beginning with the question, "What do we talk about?", it goes on to investigate how these meanings are structured in the grammar of English. These notions are closer to our ordinary understanding of what language is doing, and therefore the forms and structures of grammar are more easily grasped. The book is extensively illustrated with examples from real English. With analytical exercises in each chapter and a comprehensive glossary of terms, the book will prove and invaluable aid to students of English language, linguistics and English as a Foreign Language, whilst also being accessible to anyone who studies English grammar as part of their course.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582028753
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/1991
Series:
Learning about Language Series
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.68(d)

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Table of Contents

List of key diagrams and tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 States, Events, Actions: Verbs
2. Participants: Nouns
3 Circumstances: Adverbs and prepositions
4 Specifying States, Events and Actions: Tense, aspect and modality
5 Specifying Participants: Determinatives and modifiers
6 Propositions: Sentences
7 Propositions as Participants and Specifiers: Embedded clauses
8 Propositions as Circumstances: Adverbial clauses
9 Combining Propositions: Co-ordination and conjunction
10 Messages: Texts. References

Key to Exercises
Glossary of Terms
Index

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