Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.
Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings – all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-dimensional' structure is built around four sections – introduction, development, exploration and extension –which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.
- provides a wide-ranging introduction to English grammar, drawing on a variety of international authentic texts, including newspapers, novels and academic texts, to help learners understand concepts and theories in more depth;
- is written in clear, concise prose in order to present basic concepts and key terms in an accessible way to learners with little or no background in grammar instruction;
- emphasises the autonomy of the learner through activities and exercises which are suited to both native speakers and learners of English alike;
- includes a selection of readings from key academics in the field including Michael Halliday, Michael McCarthy, Caroline Coffin and John Sinclair.
Drawing on the strengths of the original textbook, this second edition features: new readings from Christian Jones, Daniel Waller and Thomas E. Payne; revised questions, suggestions and issues to consider; and a brand new companion website featuring interactive audio files of authentic spoken English, links to further reading and new grammar tasks.
Written by an experienced teacher and researcher, this accessible textbook is an essential resource for all students of English language and linguistics.
Table of Contents
How to use this book
Figures and tables
A1 Approaches to grammar
A3 Noun phrases and determiners
A4 Adjectives, adverbs and prepositions
A5 Verbs and their forms
A6 Auxiliaries and the verb phrase
A7 Varying the verb phrase
A8 Clauses and clause elements
A9 Types of sentence
A10 Subordinate clauses
A11 Redesigning sentences
A12 Grammar in speech and writing
B1 Word classes
B4 Types of adverb
B5 The meanings of tense and aspect
B6 Modal auxiliaries
B7 Multi-word verbs
B8 Verb patterns
B10 Relative clauses
B9 Clause types
B11 Beyond and beneath the sentence
C1 Words with multiple word-class membership
C2 Nouns which can be both count and noncount
C3 Usage problems with determiners
C4 The comparison of adjectives
C5 Distinguishing -ing and -ed forms
C6 Verbs which can be transitive and intransitive
C8 Analysing clauses
C9 Exploring texts (1)
C10 Exploring texts (2)
C11 Exploring texts (3): putting it all together
C12 Analysing spoken texts
D1 What is grammar?
D2 Count and mass nouns
D3 Determiners: a class apart
D4 Prepositions and space
D5 Expressing future time
D6 Hedging and boosting
D7 Words and phrases
D8 Semantic roles of the subject
D9 Speech acts
D11 Subject, actor, theme
D12 Grammar in the construction of online discussion messages
Sources of texts used
Index of terms and concepts
Dr Roger Berry has taught EFL and lectured in Applied Linguistics in several countries in Europe and Asia, and has taught courses in English Grammar for more than 20 years.
Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.