[The Cambridge Grammar carries a similar seal -- me it reminded of a fried egg on a platter -- brashly labeled "Real English Guarantee". The late and sorely lamented John Sinclair told me that the phrase "real English" was coined in the 1980s by the COBUILD team, who were surpised how well it caught on befoe Cambrige swiped it.]
Dedicated to Dwight Bolinger
Grammarians would perhaps differ less, if they read more.
-- Goold Brown, 1851
As the grammarians […] began quarrelling, they lost the power of discovering.
-- Charles Kingsley, 1854
It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data.
-- Sherlock Holmes, 1892
Ruminations from My Students
In school they teach us English grammar in confusion way.
The grammar rules were just like a solid thing that we cannot use it.
Grammar is an essential thing for students to build their knowledgement on strong basement.
Part II. In search of “grammar” and GRAMMAR
II.A Three sides
II.B The double-bind of “English teachers”
II.D The term “grammar”
II.E A “bref historie” of English GRAMMAR versus “grammar’
II.F “Grammar”, “lexicon”, “lexicogrammar”, and “usage”
Part IV. WORDS and PHRASES in a “grammar”
IV.A What’s in a WORD?
IV.C MULTI-WORD UNITS
IV.D “Naming the Parts of Speech” revisited
IV.F. MAJOR WORD-CLASSES
IV.F.3 NOUN PHRASES
IV.F.3.1 DETERMINERS in NOUN PHRASES
IV.F.3.5 INTERROGATIVES and EXCLAMATORIES
IV.F.3.6 QUANTIFIERS and ENUMERATORS
IV.F.3.7 PRE-MODIFIERS and POST-MODIFIERS
IV.F.4 PRO-NOUNS and PRO-NOMINALS
IV.F.8 VERB PHRASES
IV.F.9ADVERBS and ADVERBIALS
IV.F.9.1 PRO-ADVERBS and PRO-ADVERBIALS
IV.G. MINOR WORD-CLASSES
Part V. A LEXICOGRAMMAR of PROCESSES in CLAUSES
V.A GRAMMAR, LEXICON, and LEXICOGRAMMAR revisited
VI.E MINOR CLAUSE TYPES
VI.E.1 DEPENDENT CLAUSES
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