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English Grammar

A University Course, 2nd Edition

By Angela Downing, Angela Downing, Philip Locke

© 2006 – Routledge

640 pages

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About the Book

This award-winning grammar course book provides the basis for linguistic courses and projects on translation, contrastive linguistics, stylistics, reading and discourse studies. Accessible and reader-friendly throughout, key features include:

  • chapters divided into modules of class-length materials
  • each new concept clearly explained and highlighted
  • authentic texts from a wide range of sources, both spoken and written, to illustrate grammatical usage
  • clear chapter and module summaries enabling efficient class preparation and student revision.


'Routledge are to be congratulated for publishing this greatly revised edition of Angela Downing and Philip Locke’s Grammar, now entitled English Grammar: A University Course. In my Preface I welcomed enthusiastically the first edition as an innovative course in Systemic Functional Grammar. Now what we have is a greatly revised work with the advantage of insights from recent research in corpus linguistics, studies in sociolinguistic interaction and discourse, genre analysis and cognitive linguistics. As such, this new and more comprehensive Grammar will sit well with a range of contemporary English language courses and programs, from those more functionally text-based to those exploring the interface between lexico-grammar and interaction. It will, I am confident, continue to be of the utmost value to researchers and practitioners.' - Christopher N. Candlin, Senior Research Professor, Linguistics, Macquarie University

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 1. Basic Concepts 2. The Skeleton of the Message 3. The Development of the Message 4. Conceptualising Patterns of Experience 5. Interaction Between Speaker and Hearer 6. Organising the Message 7. Expanding the Message 8. Talking About Events 9. Viewpoints on Events 10. Talking About ‘Things’ 11. Describing Persons, Things and Circumstances: What is it Like? How, Where and When? 12. Spatial, Temporal and Other Relationships

About the Authors

Angela Downing is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English Language and Linguistics (English Philology I) at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid.

The late Philip Locke taught at the Institute of Modern Languages and Translation at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General