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
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