Item description for Meaning-Centered Grammar (Equinox Textbooks and Surveys in Linguistics) by Craig Hancock...
Rather than narrowly dividing language between correct and incorrect, this book promotes a respect for the power and usefulness of language in all its forms. It draws from a number of linguistic grammars, traditional grammar, and contemporary composition theory, yet achieves a unified synthesis by seeing each of these as ways to understand the language itself and its natural, inherent, meaning-making grammatical system. The book draws heavily on real world writing, including authors like Annie Dillard, Richard Rodriguez, John McPhee, Alice Walker, Tim O'Brien, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cornel West. Though the book is primarily a linguistically based exploration, the final two chapters move into the practical world of real world application in writing (including punctuation) and reading (grammatical analysis.) It does not stop at the isolated sentence, but considers ways in which grammar works in longer passages and in harmony with rhetorical purposes. Its direct focus is on developing an understanding of language and not on directly changing language behavior. It should be of great interest to writing teachers or grammar teachers looking for alternatives to narrow prescriptive approaches or the disinterested descriptions of much contemporary linguistics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2005
Publisher Equinox Publishing (UK)
ISBN 1904768113 ISBN13 9781904768111
Reviews - What do customers think about Meaning-Centered Grammar (Equinox Textbooks and Surveys in Linguistics)?
Changed my view of Grammar Jul 10, 2007
OK, I am a bit biased. Craig Hancock was my professor last semester at SUNY Albany, so I receieved instruction perfectly tailored to the book. However, even with a lesser instructor, I feel this book would have done it's job. It's tone is conversational and it's pace is very managable. Breaks down barriers, defeats fears- believe me!