This best-selling comprehensive descriptive grammar forms a complete course, ideal for all students studying English Language, whether on a course or for self-study. Broadly based on Hallidayan systemic-functional grammar but also drawing on cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis, English Grammar is accessible, avoiding overly theoretical or technical explanations.
Divided into 12 self-contained chapters based around language functions, each chapter is divided into units of class-length material. Key features include:
Numerous authentic texts from a wide range of sources, both spoken and written, which exemplify the grammatical description.
Clear chapter and module summaries enable efficient class preparation and student revision.
Extensive exercises with a comprehensive answer key.
This new edition has been thoroughly updated with new texts, a more user-friendly layout, more American English examples and a companion website, providing extra tasks, a glossary and a teachers‘ guide.
This is the essential coursebook and reference work for all native and non-native students of English grammar on English language and linguistics courses.
'Downing's comprehensive yet accessible book builds on traditional descriptions of English to present a functional orientation to grammar as a set of communicative resources. Taking the grammar off the page and into real life, this book illustrates how language operates across a range of different uses and contexts. An invaluable resource for all university studens of English.' Tom Bartlett, Cardiff University, UK
'Offer[s] an excellent basic framework for a really usable course book at the highest level of English language study.' Mike Hannay, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1.Basic Concepts 2. The Skeleton of the Message: Introduction to Clause Structure 3. The Development of the Message: Complementation of the Verb 4. Interaction between Speaker and Hearer: Linking Speech Acts and Grammar 5. Conceptualising Patterns of Experience: Processes,Participants, Circumstances 6. Organising the Message: Thematic and information structures of the clause 7. Combining Clauses into Sentences 8. Talking about Events: The verbal group 9. Viewpoints on Events: Tense, aspect and modality 10. Talking about People and Things: The nominal group 11. Describing Persons, Things and Circumstances: Adjectival and adverbial groups 12. Spatial, Temporal and other Relationships: The prepositional phrase