Grammar of Spoken and Written English

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The completely redesigned Grammar of Spoken and Written English is a comprehensive corpus-based reference grammar. GSWE describes the structural characteristics of grammatical constructions in English, as do other reference grammars. But GSWE is unique in that it gives equal attention to describing the patterns of language use for each grammatical feature, based on empirical analyses of grammatical patterns in a 40-million-word corpus of spoken and written registers.

Grammar-in-use is characterized by three inter-related kinds of information: frequency of grammatical features in spoken and written registers, frequencies of the most common lexico-grammatical patterns, and analysis of the discourse factors influencing choices among related grammatical features. GSWE includes over 350 tables and figures highlighting the results of corpus-based investigations. Throughout the book, authentic examples illustrate all research findings.

The empirical descriptions document the lexico-grammatical features that are especially common in face-to-face-conversation compared to those that are especially common in academic writing. Analyses of fiction and newspaper articles are included as further benchmarks of language use. GSWE contains over 6,000 authentic examples from these four registers, illustrating the range of lexico-grammatical features in real-world speech and writing. In addition, comparisons between British and American English reveal specific regional differences.

Now completely redesigned and available in an electronic edition, the Grammar of Spoken and Written English remains a unique and indispensable reference work for researchers, language teachers, and students alike.
[Not in series, 232]  2021.  xxxv, 1220 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and symbols
xxix
Preface
xxxii
Contents in detail
Symbols and notational conventions
xxxiv–xxxv
Section A. Introductory
4–47
Chapter 1. Introduction: A corpus-based approach to English grammar
4–47
Section B. Basic grammar
52–227
Chapter 2. Word and phrase grammar
52–122
Chapter 3. Clause grammar
124–227
Section C. Key word classes and their phrases
232–564
Chapter 4. Nouns, pronouns, and the simple noun phrase
232–353
Chapter 5. Verbs
356–448
Chapter 6. Variation in the verb phrase: Tense, aspect, voice, and modality
450–500
Chapter 7. Adjectives and adverbs
502–564
Section D. More complex structures
568–884
Chapter 8. Complex noun phrases
568–650
Chapter 9. The form and function of complement clauses
652–751
Chapter 10. Adverbials
754–884
Section E. Grammar in a wider perspective
888–1120
Chapter 11. Word order and related syntactic choices
888–955
Chapter 12. The grammatical marking of stance
958–978
Chapter 13. Lexical expressions in speech and writing
980–1029
Chapter 14. The grammar of conversation
1032–1120
Appendix. Contractions
1122–1132
Bibliography
1143–1157
Lexical index
1159
Conceptual index
Endnotes
1134–1142
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