The Oxford English Grammar

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Written by one of the world's leading grammarians, The Oxford English Grammar is an authoritative review of and topic reference for English grammar.

Opening with an outline of national, regional, and social variation in English, the book details descriptive and prescriptive approaches and attitudes to English among both native and non-native speakers. This is followed by an account of the development of grammar, and a review of modern approaches to this complex subject. The ...

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Overview


Written by one of the world's leading grammarians, The Oxford English Grammar is an authoritative review of and topic reference for English grammar.

Opening with an outline of national, regional, and social variation in English, the book details descriptive and prescriptive approaches and attitudes to English among both native and non-native speakers. This is followed by an account of the development of grammar, and a review of modern approaches to this complex subject. The central section of the book is a presentation of current English grammar at sentence, clause, phrase, and word level; with the last chapters covering grammar in relation to discourse, word-formation, lexis, pronunciation and intonation, punctuation, and spelling. A full index is provided, and examples of usage are drawn from a wide range of sources, including use of the new international Corpus of English at University College London. Written in a readable and absorbing style, The Oxford English Grammar is an essential reference for English speakers around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198612506
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 1,449,415
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Greenbaum is director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London where he was for seven years Quain Professor of English Language and Literature. He is also an associate editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Pronunciation Table
Abbreviations and Symbols
Explanations of Corpora Citations
1 The English Language 1
2 The Scope and Nature of Grammar 21
3 An Outline of Grammar 39
4 Word Classes 88
5 The Grammar of Phrases 203
6 Sentences and Clauses 305
7 Text 363
8 Words and their Meanings 394
9 The Formation of Words 435
10 Sounds and Tunes 477
11 Punctuation 503
12 Spelling 556
Notes 577
Appendix: Sources of Citations in ICE-GB 601
Glossary 615
Index 637
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

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    If you are looking for a concise grammar book, avoid Oxford English Grammar. Webster's tiny grammar book was adequate in organizing data, but it was limited. So I purchased Oxford's book. Oxford English Grammar is a nightmare format of language history, pronunciation, and language theories. When you reach the grammar section, you don't even know it. Chapters are nondescript with small print. Even the example sentences have occasional punctuation and spelling errors. Oxford, for some reason, likes to use political and colloquial examples it would be better to tackle common errors and use grammatical descriptions as example sentences so as to further elaborate on grammar. Some grammatical terms don't match Webster's, and there is very little and/or scrambled information about the parts of speech. The book is heavy, but the weight is a result of the author laboring over simple details (which you can ignore). I couldn't even locate 'predicate nominative,' and I had no clue what Oxford's equivalent term is. Oxford assumes that you have a mastery of grammar, but even experts need a quick reference guide. Oxford tediously drags itself through simple and esoteric aspects of language. When you're searching for the middle ground - clear descriptions and usage of grammar and punctuation - Oxford quickly brushes the information under the rug. I do like Oxford dictionaries, but the grammar book is very disappointing. I would prefer to see Random House Webster's Pocket Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation book expanded (but without the spelling page).

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