10 juin 2014

New Book, Same Old Grammar-Babble

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . A complimentary copy of a popular book on grammar appeared in my mailbox recently, with a personal note from the authors. They express firm agreement with views of mine that they had seen in Tom Chivers’s article about me, and they say they hope I’ll like their book. I wish I could respond positively. I don’t want to hurt the authors’ feelings, or condemn a well-intentioned project, or look a gift horse in the mouth. I wanted it to be good: I long to see a popular book on English grammar that gets the basic concepts at least broadly right. But this one just repeats the same old vague or incoherent descriptions that its predecessors have been offering for 200 years. More...

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