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Wed Dec 02 2020

Books: Grammar: Rankin, Whong

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Date: 04-Nov-2020
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Subject: Grammar: Rankin, Whong
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Title: Grammar
Subtitle: A Linguists' Guide for Language Teachers
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Tom Rankin
Author: Melinda Whong
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108639514 Pages: 214 Price: U.S. $ 24.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108486026 Pages: 214 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108736954 Pages: 214 Price: U.S. $ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108736954 Pages: 214 Price: U.K. £ 22.99

Traditionally, there has been a disconnect between theoretical linguistics and pedagogical teacher training. This book seeks to bridge that gap. Using engaging examples from a wide variety of languages, it provides an innovative overview of linguistic theory and language acquisition research for readers with a background in education and teacher training, and without specialist knowledge of the field. The authors draw on a range of research to ground ideas about grammar pedagogy, presenting the notion of Virtual Grammar as an accessible label for unifying the complexity of linguistics. Organised thematically, the book includes helpful 'Case in point' examples throughout the text, to illustrate specific grammar points, and step-by-step training in linguistic methods, such as how to analyse examples, which educators can apply to their own teaching contexts. Through enriching language teachers' understanding of linguistic features, the book fosters a different perspective on grammar for educators.

1. A guide to the linguists' guide to grammar
2. Language and languages
3. Grammar and grammars
4. Language learning and acquisition
5. Language education.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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