An engaging and fresh take on the rules and politics of English grammar, written in lively prose. It goes a step further than most books on grammar by providing an overview of the field, with a discussion of historical and current debates about grammar, and how we define, discuss, and approach it.
- Presents a novel, inquiry-based approach to understanding speakers' unconscious knowledge of English grammar
- Makes lucid connections, when relevant, with current linguistic theory
- Integrates language change and variation into the study of grammar
- Examines historical sources of socially evaluative perceptions of grammar, as 'good' or 'bad', and notions of language authority
- Provides syntactic explanations for many modern punctuation rules
- Explores some of the current controversies about grammar teaching in school and the role of Standard English in testing and assessment
Keywords: Principles of grammar, language teaching, educational linguistics, English sentence structure, speech structure, semantics, morphology, grammar in the digital age, politics of grammar, TESOL, Theoretical Linguistics, Language Teaching, Theoretical Linguistics, Language Teaching