British or American English?: A Handbook of Word and Grammar Patterns

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August 2006



Speakers of British and American English display some striking differences in their use of grammar. In this detailed survey, John Algeo considers questions such as: *Who lives on a street, and who lives in a street? *Who takes a bath, and who has a bath? Containing extensive quotations from real-life English on both sides of the Atlantic, this clearly organized guide shows the differences - and similarities - between the grammar of British and American speakers. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it provides an accessible account of contemporary English in use.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Parts of Speech: 1. Verbs; 2. Determiners; 3. Nouns; 4. Pronouns; 5. Adjectives; 6. Adverbs; 7. Qualifiers; 8. Prepositions; 9. Conjunctions; 10. Interjections; Part II. Syntactic Constructions: 11. Complementation; 12. Mandative constructions; 13. Expanded predicates; 14. Concord; 15. Propredicates; 16. Tag questions; 17. Miscellaneous; Bibliography of British book citation sources; Bibliography of studies, dictionaries and corpora; Index of words.


John Algeo is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, University of Georgia, Athens.


'... no other book covers quite the same ground. It will be useful for lexicographers, translators, editors, and material writers, as well as linguists and researchers. Not least, it will provide many ideas for students who are beginning research into the varieties ...' Journal of English Linguistics
EAN: 9780521371377
ISBN: 0521371376
Untertitel: 'Studies in English Language'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2006
Seitenanzahl: 364 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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