Keywords in Language and Literacy

Keywords in Language and Literacy

by Ronald Carter


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Just what is Standard English? Is it correct English? Should grammar be taught?
The answers to such questions invariably provoke controversy. In this handy A to Z guide to language and literacy, Ronald Carter unpicks the meaning of key terms like 'proper English', 'real books', 'text', and 'discourse', and the ways in which concepts are used - and abused - by teachers, politicians, linguists, journalists and employers.
Each concise definition is cross-referenced, and supported by extensive examples and by references to further reading. Designed as a dictionary, but possessing an encyclopedic range, Keywords in Language and Literacy, provides an invaluable guide to the debates surrounding language and literacy. An indispensible book for all teachers and students of language and education, and anyone interested in the place of language in schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415119290
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/09/1995
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Ronald Carter is Research Emeritus Professor of Modern English Language at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Language and Creativity: The Art of Common Talk (Routledge, 2016) and The Routledge History of Literature in English (Routledge 2017).

Table of Contents


1. The Great Subject-Predicate Divide.

2. All Types of Verbs: Beyond "Action".

3. Verb Forms Telling Time (and More).

4. Subjects and Verbs Agreeing.

5. Nouns and Their Determiners.

6. Objects and Complements.

7. Verb Transitivity.

8. The Subjunctive: In the Right Mood.

9. The Passive (and Active) Structure: Watch Your Voice.

10. The Case of Pronouns.

11. Adjectives and Adverbs Modifying.

12. Prepositional Phrases and Verb Particles.

13. Conjunctions at Junctions.

14. Relative Clauses (and More Clauses and Phrases).

15. Misaligned Modifiers.

16. Commas: More Than Pauses.

17. Apostrophes: Dueling Functions.

18. Applying the Knowledge. Appendices: Further Reading. Answer Key to Chapter Questions. Cheat Sheet Tables. Glossary

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