© 1995

A Course Book in English Grammar

Standard English and the Dialects

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Part of the Studies in English Language book series (SEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Dennis Freeborn
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  3. Dennis Freeborn
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  16. Back Matter
    Pages 324-338

About this book


The study of language in written texts and transcripts of speech is greatly helped by a student's abilityBB to identify and describe those prominent features of the grammar which make one variety of English different from another. A Course Book in English Grammar looks at many of the problems encountered by students and encourages them to find their own answers and to assess hypotheses about grammatical description. There are activities at each step, using authentic written and spoken data. Using 'real' texts avoids the faking of evidence to be found in some traditional grammar books, and interesting problems of analysis that arise in such texts are a source of useful discussion. The book has been thoroughly revised and expanded for this second edition, which contains additional chapters and material. A new opening chapter discusses the concept of 'grammatically correct English' and the differences between descriptive, prescriptive and proscriptive approaches to the writing of grammar books. The book is a systematic description of Standard English, and examples of contemporary spoken dialectal grammar are introduced and analysed to illustrate the differences between standard and nonstandard usage. A Course Book in English Grammar will prove invaluable to all students of English Language.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Course Book in English Grammar
  • Book Subtitle Standard English and the Dialects
  • Authors Dennis Freeborn
  • Series Title Studies in English Language
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Dennis Freeborn 1995
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Literature & Performing Arts Collection Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-62492-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-62493-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-24079-1
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XXV, 368
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Grammar
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