A Glossary of English Grammar

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Suggestions for further reading
The number and range of books written in the last twenty years on English grammar is amazingly large and potentially baffling. Selection is difficult. However, all but three of the books in the preceding bibliographical list are intended for students or people without a specialist knowledge of or interest in grammar and I have classified them according to their particular focus or approach. The two main exceptions are the two comprehensive reference works mentioned in the introduction (Quirk et al., 1985 and Huddleston and Pullum, 2002), which are definitely not for the beginner. They are listed here not for their readability, but because of their influence on the teaching and study of English grammar throughout the world, which means that they are authoritative sources for terminology. As the present glossary locates itself mainly in the Quirk et al. tradition, this section begins with books which broadly follow the same tradition.
Biber et al. (1999) is a detailed grammar based on a study of a large corpus of different kinds of spoken and written texts. This is a third important but not-for-the-beginner book.
The following are student books using the Quirk et al. approach: Biber et al. (2002), Conrad et al. (2002), Greenbaum and Nelson (2002), Greenbaum and Quirk (1990), Leech et al. (2001), Leech and Svartvik (2002), Leech et al. (2005).
Crystal (2004) and Crystal (1996) again follow the Quirk et al. approach, but are written more for the general reader and the teacher respectively. The latter book, in particular, is an entertaining read.
As Huddleston and Pullum's comprehensive grammar is much more recent than that of Quirk et al., it has had little time to beget new offspring in the form of student books. But this situation has recently been remedied by a student textbook based on this model by Huddleston and Pullum (2005).

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  • A Glossary of English Grammar iii
  • Contents v
  • Use of Special Symbols vi
  • Introduction 1
  • Glossary of English Grammar 5
  • Useful Books Relating to English Grammar 129
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 132
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