A New Form-Function Grammar of English
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815067 / 1554815061
  • 300 pages; 7½" x 9"

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A New Form-Function Grammar of English

  • Publication Date: November 30, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815067 / 1554815061
  • 300 pages; 7½" x 9"

This book approaches the structure of English from a form-function perspective that is both theoretical and practical. It asks learners to consider meaning, structure and use, in contrast to many grammars that focus on structure, sometimes to the exclusion of use and even meaning. The book presents an extended introduction to areas of grammar that many would see as indispensable, such as participial and infinitive phrases. The analysis is largely achieved through form-function tree diagramming and extends the structure to include finite and nonfinite predicates.

Introduction

Chapter One: Doing Grammar in Modern Times

Chapter Two: Parts of Speech: An Introduction to Word Classes

Chapter Three: Units of Grammatical Analysis

Chapter Four: The Basic Sentence

Chapter Five: Nouns and Pronouns

Chapter Six: Functions of the Noun Phrase

Chapter Seven: Functions of Prepositional Phrases

Chapter Eight: The Inflection Phrase

Chapter Nine: The Subjunctive Mood and Modal Verbs

Chapter Ten: Negation

Chapter Eleven: Active and Passive Voice

Chapter Twelve: Question Formation

Chapter Thirteen: Coordination and Compound Sentences

Chapter Fourteen: Adverb Clauses

Chapter Fifteen: Relative Clauses

Chapter Sixteen: Noun Clauses

Chapter Seventeen: Infinitive and Participle Phrases

Chapter Eighteen: Grammar Myths

K. Aaron Smith is Professor of English at Illinois State University and the author, with Susan Kim, of This Language, a River: A History of English.

  • • Balances discussion of grammatical structure, form, and function in a non-prescriptive, contemporary way
  • • Covers a broader range of areas of grammar than many competitors
  • • Extensive sentence examples, in-book exercises for students, and form-function grammar trees throughout