This core textbook helps readers get to grips with the fundamentals of English grammar so that they can critically engage with a wide variety of texts. Combining contemporary linguistic approaches with the familiar terminology of traditional grammar, this lively book offers a hands-on introduction to English grammar. It begins by situating the study of grammar within its broader context, before moving on to look at the various categories that are used when analysing texts. Later chapters focus on the practical application of the skills acquired in the first part of the book.
This is an indispensable text for students and teachers of English Language and Linguistics. It is also a valuable resource for those studying English as a second or foreign language.
Peter Collins is a retired Professor of Linguistics from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has published more than a hundred academic books, articles and book chapters. His research interests include English grammar, World Englishes (particularly Australian English), and corpus linguistics. Carmella Hollo is a retired Lecturer in Linguistics from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her teaching has concentrated in the areas of English grammar, introduction to linguistics courses and historical linguistics.
PART A Grammatical Description.- 1. Introduction.- 2. A Preliminary Overview.- 3. Nouns and Noun Phrases.- 4. Verbs and Verb Phrases.- 5. Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions and Associated Phrases.- 6. Clause Structure and Clause Type.- 7. Subordination and Coordination.- 8. Subordination and Coordination.- PART B Looking at Language in Context.- 9. From Separate Sentences to Connected Text.- 10. Text and Context.- 11. Text Analysis - Putting It All Together.