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The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English is an entirely new grammar of American and British English - from the language of conversation to the language of academic textbooks. There are no made-up examples in this groundbreaking new grammar.
The authors began, not with preconceived notions of the grammar of English, but with a huge bank of language data, the Longman Corpus Network. A six-year research project brought together the linguistic expertise of an international author team - all acknowledge experts in the field of corpus linguistics and grammar.
The result of this research is the present volume. Many points of traditional grammar are confirmed, but now on the bases of much larger amount of statistical data than ever before. Some aspects of traditional grammar are challenged by this book, and some new findings, not even suspected before now, will surprise and interest the reader.
What makes this book so special is that it turns English inside out. Professor Douglas Biber's research team tagged and parsed the structures in the Corpus. This analysis revealed the degree to which different grammatical features of language vary according to the type of language.
The way language is used in conversation is quite different from the way language is used in fiction, which in turn is often very different from the grammatical characteristics of newspapers or academic books.
But why is it different? The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English takes its reader into new and uncharted territory for a grammar, by suggesting the reasons why we choose a particular structure in a particular context.
• entirely corpus-based grammar of English
• over 350 tables and graphs showing the frequency of constructions across different registers, from conversation to fiction to academic prose
• 6.000 authentic examples from the Longman Corpus Network
• British English and American English grammar compared
• new and challenging findings
• reveals the differences between spoken and written English
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Kudos to Hanh_vn for scanning the last part of this book (from page 801 to page 1204). Hanh, you totally rock!!!