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Understanding English Grammar - 5th edition

Understanding English Grammar (ISBN10: 0205268552; ISBN13: 9780205268559)
ISBN13: 978-0205268559
ISBN10: 0205268552

Summary: This market-leading text for advanced grammar courses gives students an accessible, systematic way to understand grammar based on the system they employ instinctively in speaking. A practical, eclectic blend of the most useful elements of traditional, structural, and transformational grammar, the text emphasizes whole structures, most specifically the ten basic sentence patterns introduced in Chapter 2. While focusing on whole sentences before words, the text is orga
nized so that words can be covered first for instructors who prefer that approach.

Above all, clarity is the key strength of Kolln and Funk's presentation. Compared with other texts at this level, the discussions are remarkably lucid, positive, and "student friendly." The authors encourage students to think of themselves as grammar experts, simply clarifying in rules the innate knowledge of grammar we all use from the moment we speak. While the text is especially appropriate for future teachers, its pragmatic approach and clear explanations make it useful for any student who wants to know how English works.

Features:
A practical, eclectic approach using the most effective methods from traditional, structural, and transformational theories of grammar.

An organization that moves from whole sentences to word classes, but that can be taught either way.

The use of ten basic sentence patterns provides a coherent framework for learning and recalling concepts.

A positive, "student friendly" presentation that assumes no prior knowledge but encourages students to recognize and apply their own innate skills in grammar.

Excellent coverage of rhetorical grammar, which helps students apply grammatical concepts to composition.

60 exercises with answers at the end of the book provide a strong self-study component.

Diagrams throughout the text demonstrate the modifiers and coordinated elements plus other features of the sentence.

Extensive questions for discussion and "Sentences for Practice" with answers in the Instructor's Manual challenge students to examine their innate language expertise.

"Investigating Language" exercises use an inductive approach to help students use their natural language skills.

Lists of key terms at the end of each chapter allow for reference and review.

Terms are bold-faced when first used in the text and defined in the glossary at the end of the text.

New To This Edition:
A new co-author, Robert Funk of Eastern Illinois University, has been added.

New Chapter 1, "The Study of Grammar," emphasizes the history of grammar pedagogy, a particularly important addition for future teachers.

New "Classroom Applications" section concluding each chapter is designed for use in this course as well as in the students' future classrooms.

New "Chapter Preview" section introduces all but the first chapter, highlighting the chapter's purpose.

Chapter 3, "Expanding the Verb Phrase," now includes a brief description of the African-American system of the verb be.

New section on the rhetoric of punctuation in Chapter 14, "Rhetorical Grammar," summarizes the text's discussions of punctuation.

Appositives are now covered in Chapter 7 instead of Chapter 4 in order to simplify the discussion of nominals.

Chapter 7 has been reorganized, with the discussion of relative clauses now preceding that of the participles.

Who/whom is discussed in Chapter 5 and Chapter 7.

More coverage of participles as adverbials has been added to Chapter 6.
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Summary: This market-leading text for advanced grammar courses gives students an accessible, systematic way to understand grammar based on the system they employ instinctively in speaking. A practical, eclectic blend of the most useful elements of traditional, structural, and transformational grammar, the text emphasizes whole structures, most specifically the ten basic sentence patterns introduced in Chapter 2. While focusing on whole sentences before words, the text is organized so that words can be covered first for instructors who prefer that approach.

Above all, clarity is the key strength of Kolln and Funk's presentation. Compared with other texts at this level, the discussions are remarkably lucid, positive, and "student friendly." The authors encourage students to think of themselves as grammar experts, simply clarifying in rules the innate knowledge of grammar we all use from the moment we speak. While the text is especially appropriate for future teachers, its pragmatic approach and clear explanations make it useful for any student who wants to know how English works.

Features:
A practical, eclectic approach using the most effective methods from traditional, structural, and transformational theories of grammar.

An organization that moves from whole sentences to word classes, but that can be taught either way.

The use of ten basic sentence patterns provides a coherent framework for learning and recalling concepts.

A positive, "student friendly" presentation that assumes no prior knowledge but encourages students to recognize and apply their own innate skills in grammar.

Excellent coverage of rhetorical grammar, which helps students apply grammatical concepts to composition.

60 exercises with answers at the end of the book provide a strong self-study component.

Diagrams throughout the text demonstrate the modifiers and coordinated elements plus other features of the sentence.

Extensive questions for discussion and "Sentences for Practice" with answers in the Instructor's Manual challenge students to examine their innate language expertise.

"Investigating Language" exercises use an inductive approach to help students use their natural language skills.

Lists of key terms at the end of each chapter allow for reference and review.

Terms are bold-faced when first used in the text and defined in the glossary at the end of the text.

New To This Edition:
A new co-author, Robert Funk of Eastern Illinois University, has been added.

New Chapter 1, "The Study of Grammar," emphasizes the history of grammar pedagogy, a particularly important addition for future teachers.

New "Classroom Applications" section concluding each chapter is designed for use in this course as well as in the students' future classrooms.

New "Chapter Preview" section introduces all but the first chapter, highlighting the chapter's purpose.

Chapter 3, "Expanding the Verb Phrase," now includes a brief description of the African-American system of the verb be.

New section on the rhetoric of punctuation in Chapter 14, "Rhetorical Grammar," summarizes the text's discussions of punctuation.

Appositives are now covered in Chapter 7 instead of Chapter 4 in order to simplify the discussion of nominals.

Chapter 7 has been reorganized, with the discussion of relative clauses now preceding that of the participles.

Who/whom is discussed in Chapter 5 and Chapter 7.

More coverage of participles as adverbials has been added to Chapter 6. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 5TH 98
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Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Year Published: 1998
International: No

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