The Handbook of English Linguistics / Edition 1

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This Handbook of English Linguistics 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, each contribution 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.

Together they provide a state-of-the-art account of English linguistics and is a valuable resource for both students and researchers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This insight-giving and often thought-provoking handbook was compiled with an eye to representing research on English linguistics that is currently productive and of wider theoretical significance .. .[The book] is a major step in bringing together many recent advances in theoretical linguistics with empirical evidence from the structures of one language." (Language, December 2008)

"The Handbook of English Linguistics maintains the reputation of the series of Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics. It is not likely to be superseded as the standard reference work on English linguistics in the theoretical sense for some time to come." (World Englishes, August/November 2008)

"I am constantly on the lookout for texts which give self-contained introductions to sub-areas of the subject and discuss interesting questions within those areas, and can be approached by students for whom linguistics is only a small part of their curriculum, with the consequence that they are not able to read much in the way of primary research. Most of the chapters in the book fulfil these requirements ... .The book is a success." (Linguist, February 2007)

"An invaluable contribution to English Linguistics. The international cast of authors is impressive—most of them familiar names with stellar reputations ... .This handbook will be an indispensable resource for any program dealing with English linguistics. It consists of an impressive collection of articles." (Journal of English Lingustics, June 2007)

"[This] volume does a good job of balancing the 'new and exciting' with the 'well accepted' solutions to various questions being researched … .All of the articles are well written and try and present a non-theory-specific point of view." (Linguist, January 2008)

"[The book] introduces readers to various topics of English linguistics accessible to both scholars and advanced students." (L'Analisi Linguistica e Letteraria, 2007)

"The handbook is cohesive in its consistent depth of attention to variation, description, and history ... a comprehensive picture of today's English ... Recommended. Upper division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." (CHOICE)

"This addition to the admirable series of Blackwell Handbooks contains thirty-one articles of about twenty to twenty-five pages by a distinguished set of contributors … [It] functions as a showcase for English linguistics, and as a map of the territory." (Linguistics)

"Just what the English Language needs at the start of the twenty-first century: an authoritative guide to the literature, balancing solid scholarship with openness, clarity, wisdom, and breadth – pronunciation, education, linguistic theory, and much else. Highly recommended!" (Richard Hudson, University College London)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405187879
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Series: Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 826
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. His publications include Small Clauses in English: The Nonverbal Types (1992), The Verb in Contemporary English (edited with Charles F. Meyer, 1995), English Syntax and Argumentation (1997/2001), Investigating Natural Language: Working with the British Component of the International Corpus of English (with Gerald Nelson and Sean Wallis, 2002), and Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader (edited with David Denison, Evelien Keizer, and Gergana Popova, 2004). With David Denison and Richard Hogg, he edits the journal English Language and Linguistics.

April McMahon is Forbes Professor of English Language at the University of Edinburgh. Her publications include Understanding Language Change (1994), Lexical Phonology and the History of English (2000), Change, Chance, and Optimality (2000), An Introduction to English Phonology (2002), and Language Classification by Numbers (with Robert McMahon, 2005).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Description and theory 9
3 English corpus linguistics 33
4 English grammar writing 72
5 Data collection 93
6 English word classes and phrases 117
7 Verbs and their satellites 146
8 Clause types 180
9 Coordination and subordination 198
10 Tense in English 220
11 Aspect and aspectuality 244
12 Mood and modality in English 269
13 Information structure 291
14 Current changes in English syntax 318
15 English constructions 343
16 English phonetics 359
17 English phonology and morphology 382
18 Prosodic phonology 411
19 Intonation 433
20 English words 461
21 Compounds and minor word-formation types 483
22 English inflection and derivation 507
23 Productivity 537
24 Lexical semantics 557
25 Lexicography 581
26 Syntactic variation in English : a global perspective 603
27 Phonological variation : a global perspective 625
28 Spoken and written English 670
29 The grammar of conversation 692
30 Gender and the English language 724
31 Language and literature : stylistics 742
32 English usage : prescription and description 759
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