Grammar and Context

An Advanced Resource Book

By Ann Hewings, Martin Hewings

© 2005 – Routledge

360 pages

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About the Book

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.

The accompanying website to this book can be found at


'… 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

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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Applied Linguistics

Routledge Applied Linguistics is a series of comprehensive resourcebooks, providing students and researchers with the support they need for advanced study of English applied linguistics and language.
Each book carefully guides the reader through three main sections, enabling them to explore and develop major themes within the discipline:
*Section A, Introduction, establishes the key terms and concepts and extends readers' techniques of analysis through practical application
*Section B, Extension, brings together influential articles, sets them in context, and discusses their contribution to the field
*Section C, Exploration, builds on knowledge gained in the first two sections, setting thoughtful tasks around further illustrative material. This enables readers to engage more actively with the subject matter and encourages them to develop their own responses.
Throughout the books, topics are revisited, extended, interwoven and deconstructed, with the reader's understanding strengthened by tasks and follow-up questions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General