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The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language


Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey Pullum, John Payne, Anita Mittwoch, Peter Collins, Peter G. Peterson, Gregory Ward, Betty Birner, Lesley Stirling, F. R. Palmer, Laurie Bauer, Geoffrey Nunberg, Ted Briscoe, David Denison
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  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521431460

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  • This book presents a new and comprehensive descriptive grammar of English, written by the principal authors in collaboration with an international research team of a dozen linguists in five countries. It represents a major advance over previous grammars by virtue of drawing systematically on the linguistic research carried out on English during the last forty years. It incorporates insights from the theoretical literature but presents them in a way that is accessible to readers without formal training in linguistics. It is based on a sounder and more consistent descriptive framework than previous large-scale grammars, and includes much more explanation of grammatical terms and concepts, together with justification for the ways in which the analysis differs from traditional grammar. The book contains twenty chapters and a guide to further reading. Its usefulness is enhanced by diagrams of sentence structure, cross-references between sections, a comprehensive index, and user-friendly design and typography throughout.

    • The definitive grammar for the new millennium, written by an international team of more than a dozen linguists and spanning a decade of research
    • It is firmly based on research in modern linguistics and rejects many errors of the older tradition, supporting its departures from traditional grammar with reasoned argument
    • It emphasises the clear explanation of grammatical terms; the user-friendly layout, consistent terminology and comprehensive index all ensure ease of access for non-specialists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This grammar has benefited from extensive collaboration with scholars who have contributed substantial parts to individual chapters. An impressively voluminous piece of work. A reference work that should be available to all grammarians.' Linguist List

    'An error-free guide, this latest publication must stand as one of the best analyses of modern English.' Contemporary Review

    '… with help from an impressive group of international scholars, linguistics Professors Huddleston (English Grammar: An Outline) and Pullum (Phonetic Symbol Guide) here provide a comprehensive and detailed look at the principles of the English language'… An authoritative addition to the fields of both English grammar and linguistics. Recommended for all academic libraries.' Library Journal

    'I have read many excellent accounts of the English language over the years, but this recent publication by Cambridge University Press is by far the most impressive. In fact, I would say the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language is one of the most superb works of academic scholarship ever to appear on the English linguistics scene … a monumental work that offers easily the most comprehensive and thought-provoking treatment of English grammar to date. Nothing rivals this work, with respect to breadth, depth and consistency of coverage.' Australian Book Review

    ' … this book will take its place alongside the two other reference grammars of recent years, to give students a foundation for the study of English grammar that they have never had before.' The Indexer

    'Huddleston and Pullum have done an admirable job …'. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik

    'The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language is a comprehensive descriptive grammar of English designed to be accessible to the general reader … Everything about this book is a credit to the authors and the publishers. It is authoritative, interesting, reasonably priced (for a book of this size), beautifully designed, well proofread, and enjoyable to handle … It is both a modern complement to existing descriptive grammars … and an important resource for anyone interested in working with or finding out about English.' Chris Brew, The Ohio State University

    '… very stimulating … It will, deservedly, replace its predecessor A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language [] and I anticipate that it will give grammarians [] much to argue about for many years to come … continues a respected scholarly tradition.' Language and Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521431460
    • length: 1860 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 183 x 72 mm
    • weight: 3.1kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preliminaries Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston
    2. Syntactic overview Rodney Huddleston
    3. The verb Rodney Huddleston
    4. The clause, I: mainly complements Rodney Huddleston
    5. Nouns and noun phrases John Payne and Rodney Huddleston
    6. Adjectives and adverbs Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston
    7. Prepositions and preposition phrases Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston
    8. The clause, II: mainly adjuncts Anita Mittwoch, Rodney Huddleston and Peter Collins
    9. Negation Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston
    10. Clause type and illocutionary force Rodney Huddleston
    11. Content clauses and reported speech Rodney Huddleston
    12. Relative clauses and unbounded dependencies Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum and Peter G. Peterson
    13. Comparative constructions Rodney Huddleston
    14. Non-finite and verbless clauses Rodney Huddleston
    15. Coordination and supplementation Rodney Huddleston, John Payne and Peter G. Peterson
    16. Information packaging Gregory Ward, Betty Birner and Rodney Huddleston
    17. Deixis and anaphora Lesley Stirling and Rodney Huddleston
    18. Inflectional morphology and related matters F. R. Palmer, Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum
    19. Lexical word-formation Laurie Bauer and Rodney Huddleston
    20. Punctuation Geoffrey Nunberg, Ted Briscoe and Rodney Huddleston
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  • Authors

    Rodney Huddleston, University of Queensland
    Rodney Huddleston graduated from the University of Cambridge in Modern & Medieval Languages in 1960, and earned his PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 1963. He held lectureships at the University of Edinburgh, University College London and the University of Reading, before moving in 1969 to the Department of English at the University of Queensland, where he worked until formally retiring in 1998. He was the winner of one of three `Excellence in Teaching' awards at the University of Queensland in 1988, and in 1990 was awarded a Personal Chair. He has written numerous articles and books on English grammar, including An Introduction to English Transformational Syntax (1976) and Introduction to the Grammar of English (1984), and was the founding editor of The Australian Journal of Linguistics (1980--1985).

    Geoffrey K. Pullum, University of Edinburgh
    Geoffrey K. Pullum earned his B.A. in Language at the University of York in 1972 and his Ph.D. in General Linguistics at the University of London four years later. After teaching at University College London for seven years he moved to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for six years and is currently Professor of Linguistics. He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in 1990–91. His numerous publications cover not only syntactic theory and English grammar but also on a large number of other topics in linguistics. His books include Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar (1985, with Gazdar, Klein, and Sag) and a collection of satirical essays on linguistics, The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax (1991).


    Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey Pullum, John Payne, Anita Mittwoch, Peter Collins, Peter G. Peterson, Gregory Ward, Betty Birner, Lesley Stirling, F. R. Palmer, Laurie Bauer, Geoffrey Nunberg, Ted Briscoe, David Denison

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