The Oxford Handbook of English Grammar

ISBN : 9780198755104

Bas Aarts; Jill Bowie; Gergana Popova
832 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Sep 2019
Oxford Handbooks


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  • Addresses foundational areas of research methodology
  • Explores a range of theoretical approaches to English grammar
  • Covers all the core subdomains of grammar, including morphology
  • Examines the relationship between grammar and other areas of linguistics
  • Explores grammatical variation across genres and dialects, and change over time

This handbook provides an authoritative, critical survey of current research and knowledge in the grammar of the English language. Following an introduction from the editors, the volume's expert contributors explore a range of core topics in English grammar, beginning with issues in grammar writing and methodology. Chapters in part II then examine the various theoretical approaches to grammar, such as cognitive, constructional, and generative approaches, followed by the chapters in part III, which comprehensively cover the different subdomains of grammar, including compounds, phrase structure, clause types, tense and aspect, and information structure. Part IV offers coverage of the relationship between grammar and other fields - lexis, phonology, meaning, and discourse - while the concluding part of the book investigates grammatical change over time, regional variation, and genre and literary variation. The handbook's wide-ranging coverage will appeal to researchers and students of English language and linguistics from undergraduate level upwards.


Introduction, Bas Aarts, Jill Bowie, and Gergana Popova

Part I: Grammar writing and methodology
1: Conceptualizations of grammar in the history of English grammaticology, Margaret Thomas
2: Syntactic argumentation, Bas Aarts
3: Grammar and the use of data, Jon Sprouse and Carson T. Schütze
4: Grammar and corpus methodology, Sean Wallis

Part II: Approaches to English grammar
5: Cognitive linguistic approaches, John R. Taylor
6: Constructional approaches, Martin Hilpert
7: Dependency and valency approaches, Thomas Herbst
8: Generative approaches, Terje Lohndal and Liliane Haegeman
9: Functional approaches, J. Lachlan Mackenzie
10: Modern and traditional descriptive approaches, Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum
11: Theoretical approaches to morphology, Andrew Spencer

Part III: Subdomains of grammar
12: Inflection and derivation, Andrew Spencer
13: Compounds, Laurie Bauer
14: Word classes, Willem B. Hollmann
15: Phrase structure, Robert D. Borsley
16: Noun phrases, Evelien Keizer
17: Clause structure, complements, and adjuncts, Patrick Duffley
18: Clause types and speech act functions, Ekkehard König
19: Tense and aspect, Ilse Depraetere and Anastasios Tsangalidis
20: Mood and modality, Debra Ziegeler
21: Subordination and coordination, Thomas Egan
22: Information structure, Gunther Kaltenböck

Part IV: Grammar and other fields of enquiry
23: Grammar and lexis, Doris Schönefeld
24: Grammar and phonology, Sam Hellmuth and Ian Cushing
25: Grammar and meaning, Ash Asudeh
26: Grammar and discourse, Jill Bowie and Gergana Popova

Part V: Grammatical variation and change
27: Change in grammar, Marianne Hundt
28: Regional varieties of English: non-standard grammatical features, Peter Siemund
29: Global variation in the Anglophone world, Bernd Kortmann
30: Genre variation, Heidrun Dorgeloh and Anja Wanner
31: Literary variation, Lesley Jeffries

About the author: 

Edited by Bas Aarts, Professor of English Linguistics, University College London, Jill Bowie, Honorary Research Fellow, Survey of English Usage, University College London, and Gergana Popova, Lecturer in Linguistics, Goldsmiths, University of London

Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. His previous books with OUP include Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader(OUP, 2004), Syntactic Gradience (2007), Oxford Modern English Grammar (2011), The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2nd edition 2014) and How to Teach Grammar(2019). He is a founding editor of the journal English Language and Linguistics.
Jill Bowie is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Survey of English Usage, University College London, where she previously worked on the AHRC-funded projects 'The changing verb phrase in present-day British English' and 'Teaching English grammar in schools'. Her research interests include recent change in English and the grammar of spoken discourse. She has co-authored papers with Survey colleagues on clause fragments and on changes in the English verb phrase.
Gergana Popova 
is Lecturer in Linguistics at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her interests are in theoretical linguistics, specifically morphology and its interfaces, and lexical semantics. She is the co-editor, with Bas Aarts, David Denison, and Evelien Keizer, of Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader (OUP, 2004), author of articles and book chapters, and co-author, with Andrew Spencer, of the forthcoming OUP monograph Periphrasis.
Bas Aarts, University College London
Ash Asudeh, University of Rochester
Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington
Robert D. Borsley, University of Essex
Jill Bowie, University College London
Ian Cushing, University College London
Ilse Depraetere, University of Lille
Heidrun Dorgeloh, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf 
Patrick Duffley, Université Laval 
Thomas Egan, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Liliane Haegeman, Ghent University
Sam Hellmuth, University of York
Thomas Herbst, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg 
Martin Hilpert, University of Neuchâtel
Willem B. Hollmann, Lancaster University
Rodney Huddleston, University of Queensland
Marianne Hundt, Zürich University
Lesley Jeffries, University of Huddersfield
Gunther Kaltenböck, University of Graz
Evelien Keizer, University of Vienna
Ekkehard König, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg
Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg
Terje Lohndal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and UiT 
J. Lachlan Mackenzie, VU Amsterdam
Gergana Popova, Goldsmiths, University of London
Geoffrey K. Pullum, University of Edinburgh
Doris Schönefeld, University of Leipzig
Carson T. Schütze, University of California, Los Angeles
Peter Siemund, University of Hamburg
Andrew Spencer, University of Essex
Jon Sprouse, University of Connecticut
John R. Taylor, University of Otago (retired)
Anastasios Tsangalidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Sean Wallis, University College London
Anja Wanner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Debra Ziegeler, Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Paris 3

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