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        1.    Daniel Davies, English Grammatical Categories: Michael

Message 1: English Grammatical Categories: Michael
Date: 11-Aug-2010
From: Daniel Davies <>
Subject: English Grammatical Categories: Michael
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Title: English Grammatical Categories Subtitle: and the Tradition to 1800 Published: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Ian Michael Hardback: ISBN: 9780521076340 Pages: 640 Price: U.K. £ 32.50 Comment: published in 1970; no longer available
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521143264 Pages: 640 Price: U.K. £ 27.99

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First published in 1970, this book examines the traditional grammar, verybriefly for its Greek and Latin origins, and fully during its first two hundredyears as 'English' grammar. It asks when the application of Latin grammar toEnglish was made; how far it was made knowingly; whether anyone protestedthat English needed a a grammar of its own. The two hundred and seventy-two English grammars known up to 1800 are studied. Dr Michael shows thatthe old grammatical tradition is much less unanimous and authoritative thanis often supposed, and describes a previously unknown movement to reformEnglish grammar and make it more suited to English, which was expressed inabout forty grammars during the first half of the eighteenth century. The bookalso provides much evidence about the relation between logic and language,especially in making definitions, and about methods of teaching during theseventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


Preface;Introduction;Part I. The Tradition:1. The sources;2. Grammar, divisions of grammar and parts of discourse;3. Parts of speech;4. Classification within the parts of speech;5. Accidents;6. Syntax;Part II. The English Categories:7. The terms 'grammar';8. Systems of parts of speech;9. Noun, substantive and adjective;10. The pronoun;11. The article;12. The verb;13. Tense;14. Mood, conjugation, irregularity;15. Other parts of speech;16. Syntactical categories;17. Protest and acceptance;Appendices.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng )

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