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Written by one of the world's leading grammarians, The Oxford English Grammar is a completely new book which combines 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 amongst 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. Key Features The first comprehensive and authoritative grammar for native English speakers. Incorporates an authoritative review of and topic reference for English grammar.About The Author Sidney Greenbaum Sidney Greenbaum was 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 was also an associate editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language. Table Of Contents List of Tables and Figures Pronunciation Table Abbreviations and Symbols Explanations of Corpora Citations 1. The English Language 2. The Scope and Nature of Grammar 3. An Outline of Grammar 4. Word Classes 5. The Grammar 6. Sentences and Clauses 7. Text 8. Words and their Meanings 9. The Formation of Words 10. Sounds and Tunes 11. Punctuation 12. Spelling Notes Appendix: Sources of Citations in ICE-GB Glossary Index

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