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English Grammar for Dummies

by Geraldine Woods

The fun and easy way to improve your grammar

Enhancing your speaking and writing skills helps in everyday situations, such as writing a paper for school, giving a presentation to a company's bigwigs, or communicating...


Understanding Semantics, 2nd Edition

by Sebastian Löbner

Understanding Semantics, Second Edition, provides an engaging and accessible introduction to linguistic semantics. The first part takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to the main phenomena and notions...


Exploring English Grammar: From Formal to Functional

by Caroline Coffin, Jim Donohue & Sarah North

This engaging textbook bridges the gap between traditional and functional grammar. Starting with a traditional approach, students will develop a firm grasp of traditional tools for analysis and learn how SFG...


Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of a Pure Standard English

by John McWhorter

A barbed rebuttal to the conservative view that popular culture is destroying the English language.


English Grammar

by Richard Hudson

English Grammar:

* helps users to understand grammatical concepts

* encourages the reader to practise applying newly discovered concepts to everyday texts

* teaches students to analyze almost every word in any...


Grammar Essentials for Dummies

by Geraldine Woods

For students competing for the decreasing pool of college scholarships, writing a stellar entrance essay can make all the difference. With discrete explanations of vital grammar rules, common usage errors, and...


The Discourse of Teaching Practice Feedback

by Fiona Farr

In this book, Farr examines the spoken and written language of post-observation teaching-practice feedback on teacher education programs. To do so, she draws upon theories from discourse analysis, conversation...


Second Language Grammar: Learning and Teaching

by William E. Rutherford

The thrust of the book is not so much upon the formation of grammatical constructs but rather upon the shape of the grammatical system and its relation to semantics, discourse and pragmatics.


Misunderstanding in Social Life: Discourse Approaches to Problematic Talk

by Juliane House, Gabriele Kasper & Steven Ross

Misunderstanding is a pervasive phenomenon in social life, sometimes with serious consequences for people's life chances. Misunderstandings are especially hazardous in high-stakes events such as job interviews...


The Power of Tests: A Critical Perspective on the Uses of Language Tests

by Elana Shohamy

Language in Social Life is a major series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern. It will be of practical relevance to all those wanting...


Learning to Write: First Language/Second Language

by Aviva Freedman, Ian Pringle & Janice Yalden

First published in 1983. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Observation in the Language Classroom

by Dick Allwright

This book provides an account of classroom observation in a historical and educational perspective. Drawing on extracts from classic studies in this field, Dick Allwright reviews the development of research...


An Introduction to Discourse Analysis

by Malcolm Coulthard

The central concern of this book is the analysis of verbal interaction or discourse. This first six chapters report and evaluate major theoretical advances in the description of discourse. The final chapters...


Theory and Practice of Writing: An Applied Linguistic Perspective

by William Grabe & Robert B. Kaplan

This book undertakes a general framework within which to consider the complex nature of the writing task in English, both as a first, and as a second language. The volume explores varieties of writing, different...


An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research

by Diane Larsen-Freeman & Michael H. Long

Understanding how people learn and fail to learn second and foreign languages is increasingly recognised as a critical social and psycholinguistic issue. Second languages are vitally important to diverse groups...


Introduction to Bilingualism

by Charlotte Hoffmann

An Introduction to Bilingualism provides a comprehensive review of the most important aspects of individual and societal bilingualism, examining both theoretcial and practical issues.

At the level of the individual,...


Language, Literature and the Learner: Creative Classroom Practice

by Ronald Carter & John McRae

Language, Literature and the Learner is an edited volume evolving from three international seminars devoted to the teaching of literature in a second or foreign language. The seminars explicitly addressed the...


Taming the Vernacular: From dialect to written standard language

by Jenny Cheshire & Dieter Stein

Taming the Vernacular: From Dialect to Written Standard Language examines the differences between 'standard' and 'nonstandard' varieties of several different languages. Not only are some of the best-known languages...


Language and World Creation in Poems and Other Texts

by Elena Semino

Language and World Creation in Poems and Other Texts introduces an interdisciplinary and practical approach to the analysis of poetry which focuses on text worlds, namely the contexts, scenarios or types of...


Power and Politeness in the Workplace

by Janet Holmes & Maria Stubbe

Power and Politeness in the Workplace provides insights into the way we all talk at work. The book contains a wealth of material illustrating the way people communicate with each other in their ordinary everyday...