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Books: Grammar/Reference

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  1. Joyce Reid, Grammar/Reference: The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

Message 1: Grammar/Reference: The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

Date: 16 Jan 2002 10:56:32 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Grammar/Reference: The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

Rodney Huddleston, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Geoffrey K. Pullum, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

"The Cambridge Grammar of English manages to be at once authoritative,
sensible and readable. It provides what the standard usage and style
manuals lack, and an understanding of how English grammar as a whole
works, and of what the facts of usage really are." -Terry Langendoen,
Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, past President
of the Linguistic Society of America, and former Chair of the
Linguistics and Language Sciences section of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science

"Sets new standards, informed by the achievements of both traditional
and formal grammatical studies." -Bernard Comrie

"In English grammar-writing it begins a new epoch."
 -Aimo Seppanen, University of Gotenberg

"A notable achievement. No other grammar of English is at once as
comprehensive and as systematically and lucidly informed by
present-day linguistic theory. I see it as an esential work of
reference." -Peter Matthews, Professor of Linguistics, University of

"The Cambridge Grammar of English is for the 21st century what
Jespersen's A Modern English Grammar, and Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and
Svartvik's A Contemporary English Grammar were for the 20th."
 -Terry Langendoen, Professor of Lingustics at the University of Arizona

"Every computational linguist who works on English needs to have this
superb reference grammar lying open on their desk. And anyone who
makes a living by teaching English language owes it to their pupils to
keep a copy in the classroom." -Gerald Gazdar, Professor of
Computational Linguistics, University of Sussex

The Cambridge Grammar of English is the first comprehensive
descriptive grammar of English to appear for over fifteen years, a
period which has seen immense developments in linguistic theory at all
levels. The principal authors, Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey Pullum,
are among the world's leading scholars in this area, and they have
benefited from the expertise of an international team of distinguished
contributors in preparing what will be the definitive grammar for
decades to come. Each chapter comprises core definitions, detailed
analyses, notes explaining alternative interpretations of difficult or
controversial points, and brief notes on usage and history. Numerous
cross-references and an exhaustive index ensure ease of access to
information. An introductory section offers guidance as to how best to
use the book is provided.


1. Preliminaries Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston; 
2. Syntactic overview Rodney Huddleston; 
3. The verb Rodney Huddleston; 
4. The clause, I: mainly complements Rodney Huddleston; 
5. Nouns and noun phrases John Payne and Rodney Huddleston; 
6. Adjectives and adverbs Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston; 
7. Prepositions and preposition phrases Geoffrey K. Pullum and 
 Rodney Huddleston; 
8. The clause, II: mainly adjuncts Anita Mittwoch, Rodney Huddleston and 
 Peter Collins; 
9. Negation Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston; 
10. Clause type and illocutionary force Rodney Huddleston; 
11. Content clauses and reported speech Rodney Huddleston; 
12. Relative clauses and unbounded dependencies Rodney Huddleston, 
 Geoffrey K. Pullum and Peter G. Peterson; 
13. Comparative constructions Rodney Huddleston; 
14. Non-finite and verbless clauses Rodney Huddleston; 
15. Coordination and supplementation Rodney Huddleston, John Payne and 
 Peter G. Peterson; 
16. Information packaging Gregory Ward, Betty Birner and Rodney Huddleston; 
17. Deixis and anaphora Lesley Stirling and Rodney Huddleston; 
18. Inflectional morphology and related matters F. R. Palmer, 
 Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum; 
19. Lexical word-formation Laurie Bauer and Rodney Huddleston; 
20. Punctuation Geoffrey Nunberg, Ted Briscoe and Rodney Huddleston; 
Further reading; 

2002/c. 2000 pp.
0-521-43146-8/Hb/List: $150.00*
Cambridge University Press

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