Meaning-Centered Grammar: An Introductory Text / Edition 1

Meaning-Centered Grammar: An Introductory Text / Edition 1

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by Craig Hancock
     
 

Rather than narrowly dividing language between correct and incorrect, this book promotes a respect for the power and usefulness of language in all its forms. It draws from a number of linguistic grammars, traditional grammar, and contemporary composition theory, yet achieves a unified synthesis by seeing each of these as ways to understand the language itself and its… See more details below

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Rather than narrowly dividing language between correct and incorrect, this book promotes a respect for the power and usefulness of language in all its forms. It draws from a number of linguistic grammars, traditional grammar, and contemporary composition theory, yet achieves a unified synthesis by seeing each of these as ways to understand the language itself and its natural, inherent, meaning-making grammatical system. The book draws heavily on real world writing, including authors like Annie Dillard, Richard Rodriguez, John McPhee, Alice Walker, Tim O'Brien, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cornel West. Though the book is primarily a linguistically based exploration, the final two chapters move into the practical world of real world application in writing (including punctuation) and reading (grammatical analysis.) It does not stop at the isolated sentence, but considers ways in which grammar works in longer passages and in harmony with rhetorical purposes. Its direct focus is on developing an understanding of language and not on directly changing language behavior. It should be of great interest to writing teachers or grammar teachers looking for alternatives to narrow prescriptive approaches or the disinterested descriptions of much contemporary linguistics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904768111
Publisher:
Equinox Publishing
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Equinox Textbooks and Surveys in Linguistics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Rethinking grammar
Ch. 2Basic principles of grammar
Ch. 3Elements of the simple clause
Ch. 4Context based meaning in a sentence
Ch. 5A closer look at verb phrases
Ch. 6Transitivity : clause as representation
Ch. 7Verbs as adjectives, nouns, and as heads of non-finite subordinate clauses
Ch. 8Coordination and compounding : appositional phrases
Ch. 9Finite subordinate clauses
Ch. 10Grammar and writing : punctuation
Ch. 11Grammar and meaning in longer texts

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