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Grammar and Context
An Advanced Resource Book

ISBN 9780415310819
Published May 19, 2005 by Routledge
360 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Grammar and Context:

  • considers how grammatical choices influence and are influenced by the context in which communication takes place
  • examines the interaction of a wide variety of contexts – including socio-cultural, situational and global influences
  • includes a range of different types of grammar – functional, pedagogic, descriptive and prescriptive
  • explores grammatical features in a lively variety of communicative contexts, such as advertising, dinner-table talk, email and political speeches
  • gathers together influential readings from key names in the discipline, including: David Crystal, M.A.K. Halliday, Joanna Thornborrow, Ken Hyland and Stephen Levey.

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Table of Contents

Section A: Introduction  Unit 1: Grammar, Grammars and Grammaticality  Unit 2: Context: Some Preliminaries  Unit 3: The Local Situational Context  Unit 4: The Wider Socio-Cultural Context  Unit 5: Context in Approaches to Grammar  Unit 6: Presenting a View of the World Through Grammatical Choices  Unit 7: Expressing Interpersonal Relations Through Grammar  Unit 8: Standards and Varieties  Unit 9: Corpus Approaches to the Study of Grammar  Section B: Extension  Unit 1: Grammar in Conversation  Unit 2: Grammar in Speech in Institutional Settings  Unit 3: Grammar in Written Academic Contexts  Unit 4: Grammar in Written Communication  Unit 5: Grammar in Restricted Communications  Unit 6: Grammar in Developing and Disintegrating Language  Unit 7: Grammar in Second Language Learning  Unit 8: Grammar and Gender  Unit 9: Grammar and Social Class  Unit 10: Grammar in International Varieties of Englishes  Section C: Exploration Some Final Thoughts.  Glossary of Grammatical Terms

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Ann Hewings is a lecturer in the excellent Centre for Language and Communications at the OU and has been developing the new OU grammar course (so she's in touch with current developments). Martin is a senior lecturer in the English for International Students Unit at the University of Birmingham. He is an established ELT author with a strong reputation.


'... I found many of the ideas here useful as stimuli for my own undergraduate students ... there is much to recommend this text as a coursebook for use with groups of students ... '  BaaL News

'Overall, there is much to recommend this text as a coursebook ... It offers some very useful starting points for investigation of both concepts and research topics.' – Gill Boag-Munroe, Baal News