This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Teachers need a clear description of what constitutes grammar and how it
can best be taught in the English language classroom. This book illustrates
a new way of describing the grammar of spoken and written English and
demonstrates how lexical phrases, frames and patterns provide a link
between grammar and vocabulary. These processes and techniques are
contextualised within a task-based approach to teaching and learning.
Numerous interactive tasks are provided to guide readers. Over 40 examples
of teaching exercises are included to illustrate techniques which can be
applied in the classroom immediately.