Oxford Modern English Grammar

ISBN : 9780199533190

Bas Aarts
432 ページ
151 x 218 mm
  • Authoritative: written by a leading expert in the field
  • A descriptive grammar of the English language - covering both American and British English
  • Covers the very basic through to the most complex grammar points in a very clear and accessible manner
  • Makes use of authentic spoken and written examples

Oxford Modern English Grammar is Oxford's brand new and definitive guide to English grammar. This book has been written by a leading expert in the field, covers both British and American English, and makes use of authentic spoken and written examples. Arranged in four clear parts for ease of use, its comprehensive coverage ranges from the very basic to the most complex aspects of grammar, all of which are explained clearly yet authoritatively. This descriptive source of reference is invaluable for those with an interest in the English language, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for anyone who would like a clear guide to English grammar and how it is used.


Part I: The basics
1. An overview of English grammar
Part II: Form and function
2. Word structure and word formation
3. Word classes and simple phrases
4. Grammatical functions, semantic roles, and tree diagrams
Part III: Phrase and clause patterns
5. Complex phrases and coordination
6. Clause types and negation
7. Finite subordinate clauses
8. Non-finite and verbless subordinate clauses
Part IV: Grammar and meaning
9. Tense and aspect
10. Mood
11. Information structuring
Appendix 1: English irregular verbs
Appendix 2: The structure of the ICE-GB corpus
Notes and further reading


Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. His previous books include Small Clauses in English (1992); The Verb in Contemporary English, co-edited with Charles F. Meyer (1995); English Syntax and Argumentation (1997; 2001; 2008); Investigating Natural Language, co-authored with Gerald Nelson and Sean Wallis (2002); Fuzzy Grammar (2004) co-edited with David Denison, Evelien Keizer, and Gergana Popova (2004); The Handbook of English Linguistics, co-edited with April McMahon (2006); and Syntactic Gradience (2007). With David Denison and the late Richard Hogg he is a founding editor of the journal English Language and Linguistics.