Books: Advanced English Grammar: Depraetere, Langford
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Date: 27-Apr-2012 From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.Moriartybloomsbury.com> Subject: Advanced English Grammar: Depraetere, Langford E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Advanced English Grammar
Subtitle: A Linguistic Approach
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Depraetere and Langford, with 40 years of teaching experience between them, present a grammar pitched precisely at advanced learners of English who need to understand how the English language really works without getting lost in the specifics. Most linguistically-oriented grammars of English can be intimidating and complex. On the other hand, the more basic practical grammars also available are often not advanced enough.
This book pulls from linguistic theory all the relevant notions that will enable the language student to fully grasp English grammar. After introducing form and function, the authors cover verbs, nouns, aspect and tense, modality and discourse. Readers are led through the underlying principles of language use, with the book presupposing only a basic grasp of linguistic terminology. It does not get bogged down in huge amounts of detail and focuses on the crucial issues. Full of exercises and with attention paid to moving the reader through their course, this is the desk reference grammar of choice for both native and non-native English speakers.
'This book fills a long-standing gap, as it successfully combines the study of linguistics with language teaching: it offers an in-depth discussion of central areas of English grammar which are particularly relevant for the language learner, while at the same time providing a clear and up-to-date introduction to essential grammatical concepts and the logical system behind them. All of this is presented in a highly accessible and readable way together with plenty of practical exercises, which makes this book a perfect companion for advanced/upper-intermediate learners of English and students of English linguistics alike.' Dr Gunther Kaltenböck, University of Vienna, Austria
Contents: 1. Getting Started. Forms and Functions \ 2. The Verb and Its Complements \ 3. The Noun and the Noun Phrase \ 4. Aspect and Tense \ 5. Modals and Modality \ 6. Discourse \ Exercises \ Appendix: Irregular Verbs \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Lexical Index \ Subject Index