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A Reference Grammar of French is a lively, wide-ranging and original handbook on the structure of the French language. It includes new information on register, pronunciation, gender, number, foreign words (Latin, Arabic, English, Spanish, Italian), adjectives and past participles used as nouns, texting, word order, frequency of occurrence of words, and usage with all geographical names. Examples come not only from France, but also from Quebec, Belgium and Switzerland. Readers will appreciate the initial passages illustrating the grammatical features of a given chapter. Also included is a user-friendly introduction to the French language, from its Latin origins to modern times. A full glossary explains any terms that might confuse the less experienced reader, and the index leads the student through the detailed labyrinth of grammatical features. This handbook will be an invaluable resource for students and teachers who want to perfect their knowledge of all aspects of French grammar.Read more
- Includes creative passages, supported by comments, at the beginning of each chapter to highlight the grammatical points
- Discusses a variety of French language, from history, geography, administration, literature and politics, and from the written style to the conversational
- The importance of pronunciation is stressed so that the student may engage meaningfully in conversational French
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"… a vital resource for advanced speakers of French who wish to refine their knowledge of the French grammar … This book could certainly serve as a useful resource in ad advanced grammar class … the chapters on the history of the French language and on linguistic register and variation are an excellent resource for introducing linguistic topics that go beyond that which is typically found in a grammar manual."
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- Date Published: August 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521145114
- length: 800 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 35 mm
- weight: 1.24kg
- availability: Available
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