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Making Sense of Grammar (Paperback): David Crystal Making Sense of Grammar (Paperback)
David Crystal
R923 Discovery Miles 9 230 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Moves the analysis of grammar and language structure onto the next stage - interpreting it from a semantic and pragmatic point of view. Clearly shows how grammar works in different literary contexts - literary, non-literary, spoken and written. Explores a wide range of linguistic themes, including sociolinguistics, language acquisition and register. Provides guidance on how people can put their knowledge of grammar into daily practice and how this is interpreted by others. Organised in the same way as Rediscover Grammar for quick reference. Unique, lively writing and clear explanations from the world-class grammar expert.

Discover Grammar (Paperback): David Crystal Discover Grammar (Paperback)
David Crystal
R624 Discovery Miles 6 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Product Description An enthusiastic and practical approach to language learning A riveting and valuable combination of David Crystal's language expertise and Geoff Barton's sound, practical classroom experience. Essential reference for every student working towards GCSE and Standard Grade.

English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises Book with Answers - To Accompany English Grammar in Use Fifth Edition... English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises Book with Answers - To Accompany English Grammar in Use Fifth Edition (Paperback, 5th Revised edition)
Louise Hashemi; As told to Raymond Murphy
R511 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R93 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This new edition has been updated and revised to accompany the Fifth edition of English Grammar in Use, the first choice for intermediate (B1-B2) learners. This book contains 200 varied exercises to provide learners with extra practice of the grammar they have studied.

English Grammar: Pearson New International Edition - Language as Human Behavior (Paperback, 3rd edition): Anita Barry English Grammar: Pearson New International Edition - Language as Human Behavior (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Anita Barry
R2,064 Discovery Miles 20 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For undergraduate and graduate level courses in English grammar, syntax, and writing; also appropriate for a course in teaching English at the secondary level. Approaching grammar as a process and not a product, this text engages students in a conversation about English that will help them reflect on how their language works and understand the social judgments that accompany language use-making them feel they are active participants in shaping their language rather than passive victims of grammar rules that someone imposes on them. Employing the terminology of traditional grammar combined with the insights gained by modern linguistic analysis, it describes English as an instrument of communication, and lays the necessary groundwork for thinking about language so that students can extend what they learn to new situations and apply their knowledge of language in ways most useful to them. Three different types of exercises support the learning and review processes and motivate students to think, talk, and write about English with increasing confidence and sophistication as the term progresses.

Argument Licensing and Agreement (Paperback): Claire Halpert Argument Licensing and Agreement (Paperback)
Claire Halpert
R1,211 Discovery Miles 12 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The strikingly unrestricted syntactic distribution of nouns in many Bantu languages often leads to proposals that syntactic case does not play an active role in the grammar of Bantu. This book offers a different conclusion that the basis of Zulu that Bantu languages have not only a system of structural case, but also a complex system of morphological case that is comparable to systems found in languages like Icelandic. By comparing the system of argument licensing found in Zulu to those found in more familiar languages, Halpert introduces a number of insights onto the organization of the grammar. First, while this book argues in favor of a case-licensing analysis of Zulu, it locates the positions where case is assigned lower in the clause than what is found in nominative-accusative languages. In addition, Zulu shows evidence that case and agreement are two distinct operations in the language, located on different heads and operating independently of each other. Despite these unfamiliarities, there is evidence that the timing relationships between operations mirror those found in other languages. Second, this book proposes a novel type of morphological case that serves to mask many structural licensing effects in Zulu; the effects of this case are unfamiliar, Halpert argues that its existence is expected given the current typological picture of case. Finally, this book explores the consequences of case and agreement as dissociated operations, showing that given this situation, other unusual properties of Bantu languages, such as hyper-raising, are a natural result. This exploration yields the conclusion that some of the more unusual properties of Bantu languages in fact result from small amounts of variation to deeply familiar syntactic principles such as case, agreement, and the EPP.

Mainland Southeast Asian Languages - A Concise Typological Introduction (Paperback): N.J. Enfield Mainland Southeast Asian Languages - A Concise Typological Introduction (Paperback)
N.J. Enfield
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This highly accessible introduction explores the core systems and subsystems of the languages of mainland Southeast Asia, applying the main concepts of language typology, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, language variation, and language contact, to this diverse language area. Written by a leading expert in the languages of this region, N. J. Enfield draws upon nearly a thousand data examples from over a hundred languages from Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to show the many ways in which these languages resemble each other, and differ from each other, in the context of what is known globally about the diversity of human language. The book highlights the diversity of the area's languages, with a special emphasis on the minority languages, which outnumber the national languages by nearly a hundred to one. The result is a welcome corrective to widespread beliefs about the nature of a 'typical' Southeast Asian language.

Working with English Grammar - An Introduction (Paperback): Louise Cummings Working with English Grammar - An Introduction (Paperback)
Louise Cummings
R648 Discovery Miles 6 480 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This clear and concise introduction offers students of linguistics and English language a comprehensive overview of English grammar, including word structure, major and minor word classes, phrases, clauses and sentences. Based on twenty years' teaching practice, Louise Cummings adopts a unique approach of using three real-world contexts - first language acquisition, language disorders and non-standard dialects - as a pedagogical tool to make grammatical concepts meaningful to students and to improve engagement and understanding. In seven accessible chapters, students are encouraged to develop the analytical skills they require to give a comprehensive description of the grammar of the English language. A range of supportive learning aids is used, including: * Learning objectives and section 'key points' summaries * Varied examples from world Englishes and print media * Homework assignments, exercises and revision questions * Targeted further reading suggestions and 'special topics' boxes * A glossary of 300 entries * An extensive range of online resources for instructors and students, including a test bank of 140 multiple-choice questions, useful links and an answer key.

An Introduction to Grammar for Language Learners (Paperback): Don Ringe An Introduction to Grammar for Language Learners (Paperback)
Don Ringe
R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Learning a foreign language is much easier when it is approached with a knowledge of language structure ('grammar'), but many students find grammar mystifying. This text explains points of grammar straightforwardly using examples from several widely-studied languages, including English, so that students can see how the same principles work across different languages, and how the structures of different languages correspond both formally and functionally. The use of concrete examples makes grammar less abstract and easier to grasp, allowing students to relate what they are learning to knowledge that they already possess unconsciously; it simultaneously brings that knowledge up to a conscious level.

Shakin' the Ketchup Bot'le: An English Language Source Book (Queens English Society) (Paperback): Arris Nathan Shakin' the Ketchup Bot'le: An English Language Source Book (Queens English Society) (Paperback)
Arris Nathan
R190 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R25 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Foreword by Gyles Brandreth A fascinating collection of ideas, anecdotes, observations, plus some curious snippets culled from QUEST, the magazine of the Queen's English Society. With pieces including The Chippie And The Polish Pilot, Waffling Matilda, English As She Is Spoke, and You Calling My Egg Racist?, this entertaining and informative collection should appeal to fans of Lynne Truss.

The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek (Paperback): Evert Van Emde Boas, Albert Rijksbaron, Luuk Huitink, Mathieu de Bakker The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek (Paperback)
Evert Van Emde Boas, Albert Rijksbaron, Luuk Huitink, Mathieu de Bakker
R955 R887 Discovery Miles 8 870 Save R68 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first full-scale reference grammar of Classical Greek in English in a century. The first work of its kind to reflect significant advances in linguistics made in recent decades, it provides students, teachers and academics with a comprehensive yet user-friendly treatment. The chapters on phonology and morphology make full use of insights from comparative and historical linguistics to elucidate complex systems of roots, stems and endings. The syntax offers linguistically up-to-date descriptions of such topics as case usage, tense and aspect, voice, subordinate clauses, infinitives and participles. An innovative section on textual coherence treats particles and word order and discusses several sample passages in detail, demonstrating new ways of approaching Greek texts. Throughout the book numerous original examples are provided, all with translations and often with clarifying notes. Clearly laid-out tables, helpful cross-references and full indexes make this essential resource accessible to users of all levels.

Afrikaanse Tekslinguistiek - 'n Inleiding (Afrikaans, Paperback, Re-issue): W.A.M. Carstens Afrikaanse Tekslinguistiek - 'n Inleiding (Afrikaans, Paperback, Re-issue)
W.A.M. Carstens
R680 R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Save R97 (14%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Hierdie is die eerste werklik omvattende boek in Afrikaans oor wat die tekslinguistiek as vakgebied behels. 'n Heel nuwe terrein vir taalkundige navorsing in Afrikaans word ontgin, want die klem val in die besonder op die insigte wat 'n studie van taaltekste (dus groter as die enkelsin) meebring. In hierdie opsig behoort die boek vir studente in die taal- en letterkunde asook almal wat belangstel in effektiewe kommunikasie van groot waarde te wees - as naslaanbron, maar veral as bron waarin 'n volume kennis byeengetrek is wat verdere selfstandige navorsing kan stimuleer.

The Creole Debate (Paperback): John H. McWhorter The Creole Debate (Paperback)
John H. McWhorter
R485 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R88 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Creoles have long been the subject of debate in linguistics, with many conflicting views, both on how they are formed, and what their political and linguistic status should be. Indeed, over the past twenty years, some creole specialists have argued that it has been wrong to think of creoles as anything but language blends in the same way that Yiddish is a blend of German and Hebrew and Slavic. Here, John H. McWhorter debunks the most widely accepted idea that creoles are created in the same way as 'children', taking characteristics from both 'parent' languages, and its underlying assumption that all historical and biological processes are the same. Instead, the facts support the original, and more interesting, argument that creoles are their own unique entity and are among the world's only genuinely new languages.

The Lexicon (Paperback, New title): James Pustejovsky, Olga Batiukova The Lexicon (Paperback, New title)
James Pustejovsky, Olga Batiukova
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is the lexicon, what does it contain, and how is it structured? What principles determine the functioning of the lexicon as a component of natural language grammar? What role does lexical information play in linguistic theory? This accessible introduction aims to answer these questions, and explores the relation of the lexicon to grammar as a whole. It includes a critical overview of major theoretical frameworks, and puts forward a unified treatment of lexical structure and design. The text can be used for introductory and advanced courses, and for courses that touch upon different aspects of the lexicon, such as lexical semantics, lexicography, syntax, general linguistics, computational lexicology and ontology design. The book provides students with a set of tools which will enable them to work with lexical data for all kinds of purposes, including an abundance of exercises and in-class activities designed to ensure that students are actively engaged with the content and effectively acquire the necessary knowledge and skills they need.

Grammatical Voice (Paperback): Fernando Zuniga, Seppo Kittila Grammatical Voice (Paperback)
Fernando Zuniga, Seppo Kittila
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The grammatical category of voice covers a wide range of phenomena, including causatives, applicatives, passives, antipassives, middles, and others. Drawing on data from over 200 languages, Fernando Zuniga and Seppo Kittila illustrate the semantic, morphological, and syntactic variation of voice across languages from a range of families and regions. They approach the topic from a broad and explicit perspective, and discuss a variety of topics that are not always regarded as voice, in order to make a clear and useful conceptual delimitation. Clearly organized and accessibly written, the book will be welcomed by students and scholars of linguistics, especially those interested in how grammatical categories work.

Metaphors We Live by (Paperback, New edition): George Lakoff, Mark Johnson Metaphors We Live by (Paperback, New edition)
George Lakoff, Mark Johnson
R363 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R58 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

People use metaphors every time they speak. Some of those metaphors are literary - devices for making thoughts more vivid or entertaining. But most are much more basic than that - they're "metaphors we live by", metaphors we use without even realizing we're using them. In this book, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson suggest that these basic metaphors not only affect the way we communicate ideas, but actually structure our perceptions and understandings from the beginning. Bringing together the perspectives of linguistics and philosophy, Lakoff and Johnson offer an intriguing and surprising guide to some of the most common metaphors and what they can tell us about the human mind. And for this new edition, they supply an afterword both extending their arguments and offering a fascinating overview of the current state of thinking on the subject of the metaphor.

A Latin Grammar (Paperback): James Morwood A Latin Grammar (Paperback)
James Morwood
R165 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R12 (7%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

A Latin Grammar offers: The most accessible students' guide: clearly written explanations of key Latin grammar points in an easily navigable layout Hundreds of example sentences: illustrating every grammar point Vocabulary list: covering all the Latin words found in the text Glossary of grammatical terms: extra support for beginners, and a handy refresher reference for more advance students Additional information about the Roman world: special appendices on Roman dates, money, weights and measures, and names provide essential information about the Roman world More study help: an explanation of literary terms and a list of helpful study tips give students invaluable advice on learning the language Guide to pronunciation: a guide to how Latin was pronounced helps students bring to life this influential language

Celtic and Medieval Alphabets - 53 Complete Fonts (Paperback): Dan X. Solo Celtic and Medieval Alphabets - 53 Complete Fonts (Paperback)
Dan X. Solo
R294 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R46 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Styles range from heavy Gothic typefaces such as Lowenbrau, Kaiser, and Hansa to the more dainty modes of Leipzig, Tory, and Hamburg. Most include uppercase and lowercase letters; many numerals. 53 fonts.

Fragments of Rationality - Postmodernity and the Subject of Composition (Paperback): Lester Faigley Fragments of Rationality - Postmodernity and the Subject of Composition (Paperback)
Lester Faigley
R818 Discovery Miles 8 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An assessment of the study and teaching of writing against the larger theoretical, political and technological upheavals of the past 30 years, ""Fragments of Rationality"" asks why composition studies has been less affected by postmodern theory than other humanities and social science disciplines. For Lester Faigley, the very conservativism of composition teaching - which has resisted the challenges of postmodern thought - makes it a revealing object of study. Composition at first seemed ready to accommodate postmodern ideas, but by the late 1980s, writing teachers were beginning to question many of the traditional presumptions underlying their approach to the task. This crisis in theory has come just as the tenacious back-to-basics movement, a heightened emphasis on education for economic productivity, cuts in funding for public education, and the increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots in US society have forced teachers to consider the role of literacy instruction in reproducing social inequality. Drawing on the insights of Foucault, Lyotard and other postmodern analysts, Faigley addresses the theoretical debate about the ""self"" the student writer is asked to occupy, the ""modernist"" goal of producing a rational, coherent student subject, and the writing instructor's unconscious imposition of elite values and expectations in evaluating student work. He explores how networked computer technologies in writing classrooms are destabilising texts and subjects, and he asks what this loss of authority will mean for teachers of literacy. Faigley concludes by arguing that the electronically mediated culture in which we live has not brought an end to meaning, history, or subjectivity, but it does require thinking through the politics of location. In postmodern theory he finds ways of describing how subjects encounter boundaries in negotiating across competing discourses, and how awareness of those boundaries can be introduced into classroom practice.

Exploring Linguistic Science - Language Use, Complexity, and Interaction (Paperback): Allison Burkette, William A Kretzschmar Jr Exploring Linguistic Science - Language Use, Complexity, and Interaction (Paperback)
Allison Burkette, William A Kretzschmar Jr
R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Exploring Linguistic Science introduces students to the basic principles of complexity theory and then applies these principles to the scientific study of language. It demonstrates how, at every level of linguistic study, we find evidence of language as a complex system. Designed for undergraduate courses in language and linguistics, this essential textbook brings cutting-edge concepts to bear on the traditional components of general introductions to the study of language, such as phonetics, morphology and grammar. The authors maintain a narrative thread throughout the book of 'interaction and emergence', both of which are key terms from the study of complex systems, a new science currently useful in physics, genetics, evolutionary biology, and economics, but also a perfect fit for the humanities. The application of complexity to language highlights the fact that language is an ever-changing, ever-varied product of human behavior.

Language Contact (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Yaron Matras Language Contact (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Yaron Matras
R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Language contact occurs when speakers of different languages interact and their languages influence one another. Drawing on the author's own first-hand observations of child and adult bilingualism, this book combines his original research with an up-to-date introduction to key concepts, to provide a holistic, original theory of contact linguistics. Going beyond a descriptive outline of contact phenomena, it introduces a theory of contact-induced language change, linking structural change to motivations in discourse and language processing. Since the first edition was published, the field has rapidly grown, and this fully revised edition covers all of the most recent developments, making it an invaluable resource for researchers and advanced students in linguistics.

Compounds and Compounding (Paperback): Laurie Bauer Compounds and Compounding (Paperback)
Laurie Bauer
R570 Discovery Miles 5 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Are compounds words or phrases - or are they neither or both? How should we classify compounds? How can we deal with the fact that the relationship between the elements of sugar pill ('pill made of sugar') is different from that in sea-sickness pill ('pill to prevent sea-sickness')? Are compounds a linguistic universal? How much do languages vary in the way their compounds work? Why do we need compounds, when there are other ways of creating the same meanings? Are so-called neoclassical compounds like photograph really compounds? Based on more than forty years' research, this controversial new book sets out to answer these and many other questions.

Colloquial English - Structure and Variation (Paperback): Andrew Radford Colloquial English - Structure and Variation (Paperback)
Andrew Radford
R739 R679 Discovery Miles 6 790 Save R60 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Drawing on vast amounts of new data from live, unscripted radio and TV broadcasts, and the internet, this is a brilliant and original analysis of colloquial English, revealing unusual and largely unreported types of clause structure. Andrew Radford debunks the myth that colloquial English has a substandard, simplified grammar, and shows that it has a coherent and complex structure of its own. The book develops a theoretically sophisticated account of structure and variation in colloquial English, advancing an area that has been previously investigated from other perspectives, such as corpus linguistics or conversational analysis, but never before in such detail from a formal syntactic viewpoint.

World Lexicon of Grammaticalization (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Tania Kouteva, Bernd Heine, Bo Hong, Haiping Long, Heiko... World Lexicon of Grammaticalization (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Tania Kouteva, Bernd Heine, Bo Hong, Haiping Long, Heiko Narrog, …
R1,066 Discovery Miles 10 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Extensively revised and updated, this second edition provides, in an A-Z format, an analysis of the most important generalizations that have been made on the unidirectional change of grammatical forms and constructions. Based on the analysis of more than 1,000 languages, it reconstructs over 500 processes of grammatical change in the languages of the world, including East Asian languages such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Readers are provided with the tools to discover how lexical and grammatical meanings can be related to one another in a principled way, how such issues as polysemy, heterosemy, and transcategoriality are dealt with, and why certain linguistic forms have simultaneous lexical and grammatical functions. Definitions of lexical concepts are provided with examples from a broad variety of languages, and references to key relevant research literature. Linguists and other scholars will gain a better understanding of languages on a worldwide scale.

The Elements of English - An Introduction to the Principles of the Study of Language (Hardcover): William Branford The Elements of English - An Introduction to the Principles of the Study of Language (Hardcover)
William Branford
R2,921 Discovery Miles 29 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1967, this book was based on new descriptions of English emerging from recent research. It provides an introduction to the study of the English language for the first-year university student. It will also be invaluable to all those concerned with the teaching and learning of English as a foreign or second language, particularly the teacher in training and the university student.

Relative Clauses - Structure and Variation in Everyday English (Paperback): Andrew Radford Relative Clauses - Structure and Variation in Everyday English (Paperback)
Andrew Radford
R701 Discovery Miles 7 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Using novel examples from live, unscripted radio/TV broadcasts and the internet, this path-breaking book will force us to reconsider the nature of everyday English and its complex interplay of syntactic, pragmatic, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic factors. Uncovering unusual types of non-standard relative clauses, Andrew Radford develops theoretically sophisticated analyses in an area that has traditionally hardly been touched on: that of nonstandard (yet not clearly dialectal) variation in English. Making sense of a huge amount of data, the book demonstrates that some types of non-standard relative clauses have a complex syntactic structure of their own in which the relation between the relative clause and its antecedent is either syntactically encoded or pragmatic in nature, while others come about as a result of hypercorrection, and yet others arise from processing errors.

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