Navigating English Grammar: A Guide to Analyzing Real by Anne Lobeck, Kristin Denham

By Anne Lobeck, Kristin Denham

An enticing and clean tackle the foundations and politics of English grammar, written in vigorous prose. It is going a step additional than so much books on grammar by way of supplying an outline of the sector, with a dialogue of old and present debates approximately grammar, and the way we outline, talk about, and technique it.

  • Presents a unique, inquiry-based method of realizing audio system' subconscious wisdom of English grammar
  • Makes lucid connections, whilst appropriate, with present linguistic theory
  • Integrates language switch and edition into the research of grammar
  • Examines ancient assets of socially evaluative perceptions of grammar, as 'good' or 'bad', and notions of language authority
  • Provides syntactic reasons for lots of smooth punctuation rules
  • Explores a number of the present controversies approximately grammar instructing at school and the function of ordinary English in checking out and assessment

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Ambiguity in this case derives from the multiple meanings of a single word, and can’t be explained in structural terms (there is only one tree diagram for this sentence, where bat is a noun). We return to ambiguity later in the book. One final aspect of semantics that we will introduce here, and which interacts quite closely with syntax, is thematic roles. Verbs seem to have some say in the kinds of ­subjects and complements they occur with. For example, the verb kiss seems to require a kisser and kissee.

3. Proper (noun) punctuation Nouns Because proper nouns are capitalized in the English writing system, identifying them is easy when looking at the written language (assuming the capitalization is done consistently). But what happens when we eliminate capital letters? Does that lead to ambiguity? Determine whether the boldface nouns are proper, common, or both, without capitalization to guide you. Briefly explain your answers. The temple honored an ancient god. The temple honored god. The cat ate all the sardines.

Generic nouns are another way that we can classify nouns in terms of their semantics. Dogs are usually furry. My neighbor is afraid of cats. Most nouns have a generic meaning when they are used without a determiner like the definite article the or the indefinite article a/an. However, we can still understand nouns as generic even when they occur with articles. A computer is a useful tool. The computer has changed the way we communicate. Neither of these examples refers to a particular computer, but to the generic idea of a computer.

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