Modern Italian Grammar: A Practical Guide / Edition 2

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The latest addition to the Routledge Modern Grammar series, Modern Italian Grammar is an innovative reference guide to Italian that combines traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume. Its format is easily accessible and example-driven throughout. Divided into two parts, the shorter section covers traditional grammatical categories such as word order, nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The larger section is carefully organized around language functions, including giving and seeking information; putting actions into context; expressing likes, dislikes and preferences; and comparing objects and actions.

All grammar points and functions are richly illustrated and information is provided on register and relevant cultural background. The authors emphasize contemporary usage and pay particular attention to indexing and cross-referencing across the two sections. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is required and a glossary of terms is provided.

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‘The entire series is outstanding. Why? Because it's totally practical without getting stuck in grammatical obscurities. It reflects the actual, contemporary use of the language as it is used by ordinary, educated speakers.’ - Harold Goodman, author of the Michel Thomas courses

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415331647
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Modern Grammars Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Proudfoot was born in Scotland but spent large parts of her life in Italy. After graduating from London University, she taught Italian in adult, higher and further education, in Cambridge, London, California, and Oxford. She is Senior Lecturer in Italian at Oxford Brookes University. Her special interests are in developing materials for the adult learner. She is the author of several Italian language books and grammars, including Italian Grammar (Hodder 3rd edition 2003) and Routledge Intensive Italian course (2004). In 2007, she was awareded one of Italy's highest honours for her contribution to Italian culture and language: the Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity).

Franco Cardo was born in Naples in 1951 and graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan in 1976. From 1980 on, he taught Italian in various countries including China, the Republic of Korea and Britain, on an Italian Government programme designed to promote the teaching of Italian in foreign Universities. His work included teaching and the production of teaching materials, as well as the management and promotion of language and cultural exchanges. From 1989 to 1994 he taught at Oxford Brookes University, and coordinated the setting up of the Italian language teaching programme at the Italian Institute in London. He is now teaching at the Liceo Scientifico E. Majorana in Pozzuoli, Naples

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Table of Contents


How to Use this Book


Part A: Structures: The Noun Group; Verbs; Pronouns; Prepositions; Conjunctions; Adverbs; Numbers

Part B: Functions:

I. Giving and Seeking Factual Information: Identification: giving personal information; Specifying People or Objects; Describing People or Things; Talking About Existence, Presence and Availability; Talking About the Present; Speaking/Writing About the Past; Talking About the Future; Asking Questions; Negative Sentences; Comparisons and Degrees of Intensity; Referring to Objects and Persons; Focusing on the Action

II Actions Affecting Ourselves and Others: Social Contacts; Getting Other People to Do Things; Permission and Possibility; Expressing Need, Obligation or Desire; Suggesting, Proposing, Advising and Recommending

III. Expressing Emotions, Feelings, Attitudes and Opinions: Expressing Emotions: positive, negative, neutral; Expressing Emotions: hope, fear, doubt; Expressing an Opinion or Belief, Agreement or Disagreement; Indicating Preference, Likes and Dislikes; Expressing Certainty and Knowledge

IV. Putting in Context: Combining Messages; Quoting or Reporting Events and Hearsay; Expressing Possibility and Probability; Purpose; Causes and Reasons; Result, Effect, and Consequence; Specifying Time; Place and Manner; Expressing a Condition or Hypothesis; Reservations, Exceptions and Concessions

V. Expanding the Horizons: Formal Registers and Style; Written Correspondence; Oral Communications; Telephone Skills

Appendix I: Spelling and Pronunciation

Appendix II: Irregular Verbs

Appendix III: Sequence of Tenses

Appendix IV: Word Order, Index.

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