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Grammar and Meaning

A Semantic Approach to English Grammar, 1st Edition

By Howard Jackson


308 pages

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Grammar and Meaning is an introduction to the study of grammar of contemporary English. It provides an impressive survey of all the main areas of English grammar, from words through to sentences and texts. It introduces and explains the linguistic terms needed to talk about the ways in which language works, from simple terms like adjective to more complex terms like non-finite clause. To meet the needs of both students and scholars, Howard Jackson has produced an innovative approach to the study of English grammar. Instead of concentrating on the formal and theoretical discussion of grammar, as many introductions do, this original analysis examines the 'meanings' we want to express when we use language. Beginning with the question, "What do we talk about?", it goes on to investigate how these meanings are structured in the grammar of English. These notions are closer to our ordinary understanding of what language is doing, and therefore the forms and structures of grammar are more easily grasped. The book is extensively illustrated with examples from real English. With analytical exercises in each chapter and a comprehensive glossary of terms, the book will prove and invaluable aid to students of English language, linguistics and English as a Foreign Language, whilst also being accessible to anyone who studies English grammar as part of their course.

Table of Contents

List of key diagrams and tables



1 States, Events, Actions: Verbs

2. Participants: Nouns

3 Circumstances: Adverbs and prepositions

4 Specifying States, Events and Actions: Tense, aspect and modality

5 Specifying Participants: Determinatives and modifiers

6 Propositions: Sentences

7 Propositions as Participants and Specifiers: Embedded clauses

8 Propositions as Circumstances: Adverbial clauses

9 Combining Propositions: Co-ordination and conjunction

10 Messages: Texts. References

Key to Exercises

Glossary of Terms


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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General