Part I: The basics 1. An overview of English grammar Part II: Form and function 2. Word structure and word formation 3. Word classes and simple phrases 4. Grammatical functions, semantic roles, and tree diagrams Part III: Phrase and clause patterns 5. Complex phrases and coordination 6. Clause types and negation 7. Finite subordinate clauses 8. Non-finite and verbless subordinate clauses Part IV: Grammar and meaning 9. Tense and aspect 10. Mood 11. Information structuring Appendix 1: English irregular verbs Appendix 2: The structure of the ICE-GB corpus Notes and further reading References Index
Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. His previous books include Small Clauses in English (1992); The Verb in Contemporary English, co-edited with Charles F. Meyer (1995); English Syntax and Argumentation (1997; 2001; 2008); Investigating Natural Language, co-authored with Gerald Nelson and Sean Wallis (2002); Fuzzy Grammar (2004) co-edited with David Denison, Evelien Keizer, and Gergana Popova (2004); The Handbook of English Linguistics, co-edited with April McMahon (2006); and Syntactic Gradience (2007). With David Denison and the late Richard Hogg he is a founding editor of the journal English Language and Linguistics.