The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

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The description of English Grammar has changed a great deal during the twentieth century: it is a subject about which debate rages and where uncertainties abound. The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar offers the general reader, the student, and the language professional, straightforward, immediate A-Z access to 1,000 grammatical terms and their meanings, across the whole subject.
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Overview

The description of English Grammar has changed a great deal during the twentieth century: it is a subject about which debate rages and where uncertainties abound. The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar offers the general reader, the student, and the language professional, straightforward, immediate A-Z access to 1,000 grammatical terms and their meanings, across the whole subject.
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Defined here are 1,000 terms used within the current mainstream of grammar, as well as within the related fields of phonetics and semantics, generative grammar, and linguistics. Examples of terms include "fricative", "linking verb", "participial adjective", and "plupluperfect" Entries provide cross-references to synonyms (with the definition placed following the preferred term), indications of terms that enjoy a contrastive relationship, and cross-references to related and overlapping words. Entries include part-of-speech labels and illustrative quotations (sometimes with an indication of a phrase's earliest recorded appearance). The definitions constitute an interesting combination of telegraphic writing style (for the formal definition of a word) and narrative writing style (for explanations of the formal definition). Where British and American English differ, explanations for both are provided. For example, the definition for "present perfect" explains that American English often uses simple past, while British English prefers present perfect This is a remarkable resource. It is not a usage dictionary, but its definitions of grammar terms include usage information. The illustrative quotations are superb at facilitating understanding of complicated concepts; the format is unusually clear; and everything seems to be included, from "A" ("adverbial as an element of clause structure") to "Z" ("any of the functional parts into which clause and sentence structure is analysed"). This book will be used often by teachers, students (high school through college), writers, and of course, students of grammar. It is highly recommended for purchase by public and academic libraries; school librarians will want to preview before making a purchasing decision.
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A reference for professionals, students, or amateurs exploring the increasingly complex models for how the English language (or in some cases, all languages) work. Concisely defines over 1,000 terms including both modern and traditional grammars, linguistics, phonetics, and Chomskyan approaches. Includes many examples and frequent quotations of grammar texts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This is a remarkable resource....The illustrative quotations are superb at facilitating understanding of complicated concepts....The book will be used often by teachers, students...writers, and of course, students of grammar."--Booklist

"It is a needed, welcome tool for students of the sophisticated science of language and its structure."--Wilson Library Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198612421
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/23/1994
  • Edition description: NEW
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editors: Edmund Weiner is co-editor of the OED, Second Edition, and author (with Andrew Delahunty) of the Oxford Guide to English Usage. Sylvia Chalker is the author of Current English Grammar, and a contributor to the Oxford Companion to the English Language.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Organization; DICTIONARY; List of Words Cited; List of Figures; Figures.

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