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3rd Edition

Introducing English Grammar

ISBN 9781138635319
Published January 23, 2019 by Routledge
358 Pages 82 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Introducing English Grammar introduces readers to the methodology and terminology needed to analyse English sentences. The approach taken is in line with current research in grammar, a particular advantage for students who may go on to study syntax in more depth. All the examples and exercises use real language taken from both standard and non-standard geographical areas and dialects, and include excerpts from Australian and British newspaper articles. Students are encouraged to think about the terminology as a tool kit for studying language and to test what can and cannot be described using these tools.

This new edition has been fully updated and features:

    • an expanded introduction;
    • new texts and exercises that include data from social media;
    • revised material on 'Grammar at work' and 'English worldwide';
    • more suggestions for further reading at the end of the book;

    • updated online resources with extensive further reading and answers to the exercises, which can be found at

Written for readers with no previous experience of grammatical analysis, Introducing English Grammar is suited to anyone beginning a study of linguistics, English language or speech pathology, as well as to students whose interests are primarily literary but who need a better understanding of the structure of English.

Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the first edition


1 Introduction: the glamour of grammar

2 The structure of sentences

3 The words of English 

4 Functions within the clause

5 Different sentence types

6 The verb phrase

7 The noun phrase

8 Clauses within clauses

9 Beyond the sentence

10 Grammar at work

11 English worldwide


References and further reading



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Kersti Börjars is Professor of Linguistics at The University of Manchester, UK.

Kate Burridge is Professor of Linguistics at Monash University, Australia.


'The organization of this reader-friendly textbook, replete with many descriptive and explanatory examples, will enable students to process difficult concepts in grammar and syntax much faster than they would otherwise. This textbook is a must for those serious in this discipline.'

Josef Fioretta, Hofstra University, USA

'This excellent new edition guides the reader through the grammatical analysis of the English language in a most insightful and engaging way. It features even more examples and exercises using real English and there is a focus on the importance and relevance of grammar to different aspects of life throughout.'

Jules Winchester, University of Sussex, UK

'This third edition speaks volumes for the successful teaming up of two expert authors who, from complementary perspectives, have understood to skillfully, and in an entertaining manner, attract a broad readership to the true glamour of English grammar and the way it is put to use in everyday life across the world.'

Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg, Germany