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Written by one of the world's leading grammarians, The Oxford English Grammar is an authoritative review of and topic reference for English grammar. Opening with an outline of national, regional, and social var iation in English, the book details descriptive and prescriptive appro aches and attitudes to English among both native and non-native speake rs. This is followed by an account of the development of grammar, and a review of modern approaches to this complex subject. The central sec tion of the book is a presentation of current English grammar at sente nce, clause, phrase, and word level; with the last chapters covering g rammar in relation to discourse, word-formation, lexis, pronunciation and intonation, punctuation, and spelling. A full index is provided, a nd examples of usage are drawn from a wide range of sources, including use of the new international Corpus of English at University College London.
About the Author
Sidney Greenbaum is director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London where he was for seven years Quain Professor of English Language and Literature. He is also an associate editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language.