Rhetorical Grammar encourages writers to recognize and use the grammatical and stylistic choices available to them and to understand the rhetorical effects those choices can have on their readers. Rhetorical Grammar is a writer's grammar - a text that presents grammar as a rhetorical tool, avoiding the do's and don'ts so long associated with the study of grammar. It reveals to writers the system of grammar that they know subconsciously and encourages them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers and the effects of those choices on their readers.
For a good orientation into the history of English grammar, several books are indispensable. One of those is Mustanoja’s A Middle English Syntax. However, for a long time this work was not readily available; the present edition changes that. This is a fac simile reprint from the 1960 publication which appeared as volume XXIII in ‘Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki’, with a new Introduction by Elly van Gelderen.
Television Dialogue: The Sitcom Friends vs. Natural Conversation
This book explores a virtually untapped, yet fascinating research area: television dialogue. It reports on a study comparing the language of the American situation comedy Friends to natural conversation. Transcripts of the television show and the American English conversation portion of the Longman Grammar Corpus provide the data for this corpus-based investigation, which combines Douglas Biber’s multidimensional methodology with a frequency-based analysis of close to 100 linguistic features. As a natural offshoot of the research design, this study offers a comprehensive description of the most common linguistic features characterizing natural conversation...
The Fiction of Rushdie, Barnes, Winterson And Carter: Breaking Cultural And Literary Boundaries in the Work of Four Postmodernists by Gregory Rubinson
This book takes an in-depth look at the works of Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes, Jeanette Winterson and Angela Carter with specific emphasis on how they use literary devices to challenge fundamental ideas about politics, race, nationality and gender.
Studying British Cultures: An Introduction is a unique collection of essays which examine the most significant aspects of this quickly developing area of study, analyzing the ways of teaching and reading British culture.
A critical look at the Communicative Approach (Michael Swan)
This article examines some of the more theoretical ideas underlying the Communicative Approach. These include the belief that we should teach use as well as meaning, and some attitudes regarding the teaching of skills and strategies. A second article will deal with more pedagogical aspects of the approach, especially the idea of a semantic syllabus and the question of authenticity in materials and methodology.
Words, Meaning and Vocabulary 1st Edition: An Introduction to Modern English Lexicology
This textbook is a systematic and accessible introduction to the lexicology of modern English. Lexicology is the branch of linguistics that studies all aspects of the vocabulary of a particular language. The book provides an account of the sources of modern English words and studies the development of vocabulary over time.