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A Comparative Typology of English and German Unifying the Contrasts

A Comparative Typology of English and German: Unifying the Contrasts

1st Edition

By John A. Hawkins
February 02, 2017

First published in 1986, this book draws together analyses of English and German. It defines the contrasts and similarities between the two languages and, in particular, looks at the question of whether contrasts in one area of the grammar is systematically related to contrasts in another, and ...

A History of English (RLE: English Language)

A History of English (RLE: English Language)

1st Edition

By Barbara M. H. Strang
February 02, 2017

A History of English, first published in 1970, is a book for beginners in linguistic history. This title examines the changes in English language speech and writing over a period of almost 2000 years, whilst also exploring more recent changes within the author’s living memory. This title aims to ...

A Structural Atlas of the English Dialects

A Structural Atlas of the English Dialects

1st Edition

By Peter Anderson
February 02, 2017

First published in 1987, this atlas identifies structural patterns which exist in the sound systems of the dialects of England. It regards variation, not as something to be ignored or avoided, but as a central and essential feature of dialect, which must be accounted for in a systematic way. The ...

An Advanced English Syntax Based on the Principles and Requirements of the Grammatical Society

An Advanced English Syntax: Based on the Principles and Requirements of the Grammatical Society

1st Edition

By C. T. Onions
February 02, 2017

This book, first published in 1970, is the reissue of the sixth edition of C. T. Onions’ standard introductory text-book, based on the principles and requirements of the Grammatical Society. The Introduction is designed to provide a full scheme of sentence analysis. The rest of the book is arranged...

An Historic Tongue (RLE: English Language) Studies in English Linguistics in Memory of Barbara Strang

An Historic Tongue (RLE: English Language): Studies in English Linguistics in Memory of Barbara Strang

1st Edition

Edited By Graham Nixon, John Honey
February 02, 2017

This volume, first published in 1988, represents in its papers the wide-ranging yet coherent linguistic interests of the late Barbara Strang (1925-1982). For her, the history of English and its current state were two sides of the same coin, and the principle theme of this collection is that neither...

Anaphoric Relations in English and French A Discourse Perspective

Anaphoric Relations in English and French: A Discourse Perspective

1st Edition

By Francis Cornish
February 02, 2017

First published in 1986, this book focuses on Anaphoric relations in the English and French languages, a phenomenon that involves a complex interaction between grammar and discourse. Studies of anaphora taking a largely ‘textual’ approach to the subject have tended to underestimate the effect upon...

Cockney Past and Present A Short History of the Dialect of London

Cockney Past and Present: A Short History of the Dialect of London

1st Edition

By William Matthews
February 02, 2017

Although Cockney can be considered to be one of the most important non-standard forms of English, there had been little to no scholarly attention on the dialect prior to William Matthews’s 1938 volume Cockney Past and Present. Matthews traced the course of the speech of London from the sixteenth ...

Definiteness and Indefiniteness A Study in Reference and Grammaticality Prediction

Definiteness and Indefiniteness: A Study in Reference and Grammaticality Prediction

1st Edition

By John A. Hawkins
February 02, 2017

First published in 1988, this book is concerned with the definite and indefinite articles in English. It provides an integrated pragmatic-semantic theory of definite and indefinite reference, on the basis of which, many co-occurance restrictions between articles and non-modifiers are explained. At...

Grammatical Gender in English 950 to 1250

Grammatical Gender in English: 950 to 1250

1st Edition

By Charles Jones
February 02, 2017

First published in 1988, this book explores the grammatical loss of gender in English. It demonstrates that from the end of the Old English period, there was a considerable time period, of about three hundred years, during which there existed "echoes" of the gender classification of nouns. The ...

Listeners' Guide to Medieval English A Discography

Listeners' Guide to Medieval English: A Discography

1st Edition

By Betsy Bowden
February 02, 2017

From the middle of the twentieth century, dozens of medievalists and other performers have recorded early English. Many educational institutions already own sound recordings of English before 1500, or may wish to purchase the most useful ones available. This discography aims to assist teachers, ...

On the Semantics of Syntax Mood and Condition in English

On the Semantics of Syntax: Mood and Condition in English

1st Edition

By Eirian C. Davies
February 02, 2017

First published in 1979, this book develops a grammatically orientated semantics (as opposed to a semantically orientated grammar) of mood and condition in English. It seeks to establish correspondences between areas of semantic organisation (‘planes’) and surface grammar, without reverting to an ...

Pattern in English (RLE: English Language) A Fresh Approach to Grammar

Pattern in English (RLE: English Language): A Fresh Approach to Grammar

1st Edition

By W. H. Mittins
February 02, 2017

This book, first published in 1950, is a collection of what the author felt to be the minimum of English grammar relevant to efficient communication in language. The scope of this title was determined by collecting from children’s writings examples of common faults and weaknesses, and it is through...

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