The oxford dictionary of english grammar oxford quick reference pdf
Grammar, etymologically speaking, is related to glamour. Though few people might claim that grammar is glamorous in the modern sense, there is considerable interest in English grammar today and no shortage of grammar books, ranging from small basic books aimed at children or elementary-level foreign learners, through more advanced manuals to large scholarly works. The trouble is—they may be about the same language, but they do not always speak the same language. The very range of the grammar books on offer presents problems.
There are many ways of describing grammar, and a wealth of terminology. Some of it strikes the layman as jargon (disjunct, matrix, pro-form, stative); other words appear ordinary enough but conceal specialized meanings (comment, focus, specific). Worse, the same terms, old or new—comparison, formal, pronoun, reported speech, root, stress—are used by different grammarians with different meanings.
Such difficulties are not entirely avoidable. Any subject of study needs specialist words. Different grammarians are entitled to analyse language in different ways, and fresh viewpoints may call for new terms. But while grammarians sometimes explain what they mean by a new or unusual term, it is rarer for them to point out that they are using an existing term in a different way. This is a cause of real confusion. Another problem is that new terms may in the end turn out simply to be alternatives for an old concept—a synonym in fact (e.g. progressive, continuous).
Contents The oxford dictionary of english grammar pdf
Preface to the First Edition v
Preface to the Second Edition vi
Notational Conventions ix
Useful Web Links 454
- Book Title: The oxford dictionary of english grammar oxford quick reference
- Author: BAS AARTS – SYLVIA CHALKER – EDMUND WEINER
- Category: Dictionary
- Language: English
- Pages: 465 Pages
Check also: Oxford Guide to English Grammar.