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A Semantic Approach to English Grammar (2nd edition)

Author By : R. M. W. Dixon,
Genres : 2005 Education
Publisher : Oxford University Press,
ISBN-10 : 0199247404
Pages : 512
Chapters :
Publish Date : September 1, 2005
File Type : PDF
Language : English
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This book reveals about the importance of grammar for the communication and came out with the semantic approach to English grammar. It starts with the meaningful approach that how a speaker codes his meaning into grammar and listener crack that code and understands the meaning of it. So grammar is the medium that enables us to channelize with each other.

Author emphasizes that each bit of grammar has its own meaning and function that can turn any conversation meaningful or waste due to wrong application of grammar rule. He has provided the full coverage for the different properties of the grammar that affect the meaning of words. The book starts with the description of the English syntax and further it moves to the explanation of the forms of verb in terms of their semantic types including motion, speaking, giving, liking and trying. Then 8 topics of the grammar have been included such as clauses, transitivity, passives and causatives.

Even this revised edition includes the new chapter on tenses, aspect, nominalizations, adverbs and negation along with the comparative forms of the adjectives. Even latest updates and changes in the grammar have been highlighted including the explanation of how they replace the tabooed. It is knowable and enjoyable book for the readers who actually want to firm their grip in English and English studies.