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Most popular Grammar, syntax & morphology books

The most popular Grammar, syntax & morphology books currently available. Updated weekly.
Teaching Tenses
Because Internet: Understanding how language is changing
Grammar Geek
Get your geek on.
Smashing Grammar: A guide to improving your writing skills and avoiding common mistakes
A comprehensive guide to sharpening your grammar.
English Grammar: A University Course
Introduction to Attic Greek: Answer Key
Suitable for instructors and independent language students, this title provides the answers to the exercises.
Syntactic Theory
Clear, practical and accessible, Syntactic Theory introduces students to theory building and evaluation through Government-Binding Theory. Now fully updated, this second edition features new chapters on the Minimalist Program, expanded chapters on Phrase Structure and Functional Categories and extensively revised end-of-chapter exercises.
Book of Middle English
Introduces students to the wide range of literature written in England between 1150 and 1400. This title introduces the language of the time, giving guidance on pronunciation, spelling, grammar, metre, vocabulary and regional dialects. It includes extracts from 'Pearl' and Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde".
Linguistic Structure of Modern English
Emphasises on empirical facts of English. This title is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in contemporary English, especially those whose primary area of interest is English as a second language, primary or secondary-school education, English stylistics, theoretical and applied linguistics, or speech pathology.
Unkindness of Ravens: A Book of Collective Nouns
Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language. This absorbing book tells the stories of these evocative phrases, many of which have stood the test of time and are still in use today. Entertaining, informative and fascinating, An Unkindness of Ravens is perfect for any history or language buff.
Word Nerd
It's time to get your nerd on.
Mainland Southeast Asian Languages: A Concise Typological Introduction
A student-oriented introduction that applies the main concepts of typology, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, language variation and language contact, to the study of Southeast Asian languages. It is ideal for students of Asia, Asian languages and linguistics, as well as students taking broader courses on Asian languages and language typology.
English Sentence Analysis: An introductory course
This title presents an introductory 10-week course for students of English language and linguistics. It aims to give students proficiency in English analysis at sentence, clause and phrase level and have an understanding of the traditional terms and concepts of English syntax.
English for Presentations at International Conferences
Mainland Southeast Asian Languages: A Concise Typological Introduction
A student-oriented introduction that applies the main concepts of typology, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, language variation and language contact, to the study of Southeast Asian languages. It is ideal for students of Asia, Asian languages and linguistics, as well as students taking broader courses on Asian languages and language typology.
Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language
A mind-boggling journey through the phenomenon of language, busting nine common myths about humanity's greatest achievement
Discover Grammar
An enthusiastic and practical approach to language learningA riveting and valuable combination of David Crystal's language expertise and Geoff Barton's sound, practical classroom experience. Essential reference for every class working towards GCSE and Standard Grade.
English Grammar for Today: A New Introduction
Written by a team led by a world authority in English grammar, English Grammar for Today has established itself as a rich educational experience for both native- and non-native-speaking students.
Syntax: A Generative Introduction
Andrew Carnie's bestselling textbook on syntax retains its popularity due to its combination of straightforward language, comprehensive coverage, and numerous exercises. In this third edition, topics have been updated, new exercises added, and the online resources have been expanded.
Longman's Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English Paper
This grammar reference is written for the advanced student. It combines explanations of English grammar with information on how, when and why we use different structures. It shows the differences between spoken and written grammar and includes frequency information on the most common forms.
Introducing Functional Grammar
An accessible introduction to functional grammar', providing students of language and linguistics with a user-friendly overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of the systemic functional grammar model.
Understanding Morphology
Now fully revised in line with the latest research, each chapter includes a summary, suggestions for further reading, and exercises. As such this is the ideal book for both beginning students of linguistics, or anyone in a related discipline looking for a first introduction to morphology.
Halliday's Introduction to Functional Grammar
Halliday's Introduction to Functional Grammar, Fourth Edition, is the standard reference text for systemic functional linguistics and an ideal introduction for you, whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate interested in the relation between grammar, meaning and discourse.
Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar
The world's greatest authority on language explains the secrets and subtleties of the grammar of English. David Crystal explores its history and varieties, explains its rules and irregularities and shows how to navigate its snares and pitfalls. He gives practical guidance on how grammar is used in different ways for different purposes and in different social settings., In a series of revealing illustrations he also considers what learned and prominent people have said about English grammar over the centuries. Like its three companion volumes Making Sense will appeal to everyone interested in the English language and how to use it.
Introduction to Grammar for Language Learners
This book offers a simple introduction to the principles of grammar to help students preparing to study a foreign language. It uses examples from several widely-studied languages, including English, to show how the same principles apply across very different languages.
Metaphors We Live by
George Lakoff and Mark Johnson suggest that basic metaphors used in everyday speech not only affect the way we communicate ideas, but actually structure our perceptions and understandings from the beginning.
Lexical-Functional Grammar: An Introduction
A clear introduction to lexical-functional grammar, this outstanding textbook will help those who are learning about the formal theory for the first time, those who are familiar with other frameworks, and those interested in using a formal framework to analyze languages that are fundamentally different from English.
Morphological Theory and the Morphology of English
A textbook introduction to morphological theory in the context of English. It offers graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in linguistics an accessible entry point to the primary literature in the field of morphology. It specifically focuses on generative theories of morphology.
Comparative Creole Syntax: Parallel Outlines of 18 Creole Grammars
Introduction to Attic Greek
Gives student and instructors the comprehensive and accessible presentation of ancient Greek. This title features: readings based on actual texts and include unadapted passages from Xenophon, Lysias, Plato, Aristophanes, and Thucydides; composite list of verbs with principal parts, and an appendix of all paradigms; and, English-Greek glossaries.
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics
This authoritative dictionary provides coverage across the field of linguistics, both the theoretical and the practical. In over 3,250 entries it clearly defines terms relating to phonetics, grammar, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics.
Introducing Syntax
Presenting key insights from contemporary syntactic theory in one clear and coherent narrative, this lively textbook provides a concise introduction to the formal theory of syntax, avoiding unnecessary detail. It is suitable for undergraduate students in linguistics, modern languages and English.
Oxford Gothic Grammar
This volume provides a comprehensive reference grammar of Gothic, the earliest attested language of the Germanic family (apart from runic inscriptions). It is the first in English to draw on the recently discovered Bologna fragment and Crimean graffiti, in addition to the traditional Bible translation explored in most works to date.
Language of Humor: An Introduction
This book explores how humor can be explained, in order to aid communication. Accessible to a wide readership of not only students and teachers of language and linguistics, but also those in related disciplines to which the understanding and use of humor is relevant, such as literature, psychology, anthropology, and the performing arts.
Explain Me This: Creativity, Competition, and the Partial Productivity of Constructions
English Grammar for the Utterly Confused
A guide for students taking the GED to professionals writing business plans that explores the structures of English grammar and how to use them easily and proficiently. It explains English grammar in an easy-to-use format that gets the student comfortable with communication quickly and easily.
Meaning and the English Verb
This updated third edition is a text for teachers and advanced students of English as a second language. The third edition takes into account the subtle changes which are taking place in the language today to provide a clear and precise guide to English.
Construction Grammar and its Application to English
What do speakers of English know in order to produce utterances that other speakers will understand? This book explains how knowledge of language is organized in speakers' minds. It explains how the theory of Construction Grammar relates to issues of language processing, language acquisition, and language variation and change.
Understanding Syntax
Cognitive English Grammar
Mandarin Chinese Words and Parts of Speech: A Corpus-based Study
Introduction to English Morphology: Words and Their Structure
What exactly are words? Are they the things that get listed in dictionaries, or are they the basic units of sentence structure? Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy explores the implications of these different approaches to words in English.
English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice
English Language: Description, Variation and Context
Aesthetics of Grammar: Sound and Meaning in the Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia
The languages of mainland Southeast Asia evidence an impressive array of elaborate grammatical resources such as echo words, phonaesthetic words, chameleon affixes, onomatopoeic forms, ideophones and expressives. This book provides a detailed comparative overview of the mechanisms by which aesthetic qualities of speech operate as part of speakers' grammatical knowledge.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery: An Encyclopaedic Exploration of the Images, Symbols, Motifs, Metaphors, Figures of Speech, Literary Patterns and Universal Images of the Bible
After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation
This is the third edition of "After Babel", a controversial work in translation studies first published in 1975. The new edition is entirely revised and corrected and contains information which should be of value to anyone involved in the theory and practice of translation.
Lexical-Functional Syntax
Lexical-Functional Syntax, 2nd Edition, the definitive text for Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) with a focus on syntax, is updated to reflect recent developments in the field.
English Words and Sentences: An Introduction
Hands-on, theory-neutral and non-technical, this textbook is a basic introduction to the structure of English words and sentences. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistic analysis, it presents the facts in a straightforward manner and offers a step-by-step guide from small to large building blocks of language.
Construction Grammar and its Application to English
Construction Grammar explains how knowledge of language is organized in speakers' minds. The central and radical claim of Construction Grammar is that linguistic knowledge can be fully described as knowledge of constructions, which are defined as symbolic units that connect a linguistic form with meaning.