Making sense : the glamorous story of English grammar / David Crystal.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In Making Sense, David Crystal confronts the foe of many: grammar. Once taught relentlessly to all students in the English-speaking world, grammar disappeared from most school curricula, so that terms such as "preposition" and "conjunction" now often confound children and adults alike. Explaining the nuts and bolts of grammar presents a special challenge, because - far more than is the case with spelling and punctuation - the subject is burdened with a centuries-old history of educational practice that many will recall as anything but glamorous. One of the world's foremost authorities on the English language, Crystal sets out to rid grammar of its undeserved reputation as a dry and intimidating subject, pointing out how essential grammar is to clear and effective speech and writing. He moves briskly through the stages by which children acquire grammar, along the way demystifying grammar's rules and irregularities and showing us how to navigate its snares and pitfalls. He offers the fascinating history of grammar, explaining how it has evolved from the first grammarians in ancient Greece to our 21st century digital environment of blogging, emailing, and texting. Many find grammar to be a daunting subject, but in this breezy, entertaining book, Crystal proves that grammar doesn't need to make us uneasy-we can all make sense of how we make sense." -- Publisher's description
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Once taught relentlessly to all students in the English-speaking world, grammar has disappeared from most school curricula. Crystal shows that explaining the nuts and bolts of grammar presents a special challenge, because the subject is burdened with a centuries-old history of educational practice that many will recall as anything but glamorous. He points out how essential grammar is to clear and effective speech and writing, while offering the fascinating history of grammar from ancient Greece, to emailing and texting.
    • Content Notes:
      First steps in grammar -- Interlude : the first grammarians -- Second steps : the big picture -- Second steps : the small picture -- Third steps : combining big and small -- Inside the words -- Interlude : the first English grammarian -- Talking about mouses -- Interlude : learn by heart -- What sentences do -- Interlude : the first modern English grammarian -- Sentence building -- Interlude : grammatically precocious -- Story time -- Connecting -- Interlude : did the teddy bear chase the elephant? -- Talking about grammar -- Interlude : Victorian playfulness -- Up with which we will not put -- Interlude : a shocking faux pas -- Clarity and weight -- Interlude : redistributing weight -- Clarity and order -- Grammar and meaning -- Interlude : real and unreal ambiguity -- Grammar and effect -- Structure and use together -- Interlude : define dog -- A sense of style -- Grammar on the job -- Explanations -- Grammatical change, now -- Interlude : pluralsy -- Grammatical change, then -- Interlude : thou vs you -- Into living memory (almost) -- Going transatlantic -- Interlude : another pretty little Americanism -- Going global -- Interlude : a good good example -- Grammar online -- Back from the grave -- Why the delay? -- Interlude : do as I say, government level -- A top ten for the future.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-267) and index.
    • ISBN:
      9780190660574
      0190660570
    • Accession Number:
      2016050472
    • Accession Number:
      ocn971462448
      971462448
    • Accession Number:
      fay.588494
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CRYSTAL, D. Making sense : the glamorous story of English grammar. [s. l.]: Oxford University Press, 2017. ISBN 9780190660574. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.588494. Acesso em: 25 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Crystal D. Making Sense : The Glamorous Story of English Grammar. Oxford University Press; 2017. Accessed November 25, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.588494
    • APA:
      Crystal, D. (2017). Making sense : the glamorous story of English grammar. Oxford University Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Crystal, David. 2017. Making Sense : The Glamorous Story of English Grammar. Oxford University Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.588494.
    • Harvard:
      Crystal, D. (2017) Making sense : the glamorous story of English grammar. Oxford University Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.588494 (Accessed: 25 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Crystal, D 2017, Making sense : the glamorous story of English grammar, Oxford University Press, viewed 25 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Crystal, David. Making Sense : The Glamorous Story of English Grammar. Oxford University Press, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.588494.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Crystal, David. Making Sense : The Glamorous Story of English Grammar. Oxford University Press, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.588494.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Crystal D. Making sense : the glamorous story of English grammar [Internet]. Oxford University Press; 2017 [cited 2020 Nov 25]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.588494