The Frameworks of English: Introducing Language Structures (Paperback)
How does English work? What are the different elements? How do they all fit together?The fourth edition of this popular textbook takes the reader on a step-by-step journey through the various levels of language, covering all the linguistic frameworks in a single volume. Beginning with words as the building blocks of language, Ballard investigates their internal structure before moving on to larger and larger units, from phrases to sentences and beyond. The sound system of English is also explored in detail, from individual segments to connected speech. Lastly, some broader perspectives are offered, looking at regional, global and historical variation in English. Fully revised and refreshed, this edition includes an engaging new chapter exploring how the frameworks of the language have changed over time, from Old English to the present day, provides a selection of exercises at the end of every chapter allowing readers to consolidate and develop their understanding, and introduces 'point of comparison' boxes offering opportunities to compare features of English with those found in other languages. Supported by plenty of examples, helpful cross-referencing and a detailed glossary, The Frameworks of English is the perfect reader-friendly guide for all students of English language and linguistics. Accompanying online resources for this title can be found at bloomsbury.pub/frameworks-of-english. These resources are designed to support learning when using this textbook and are available at no extra cost.
Kim Ballard is the former Head of English at Esher Sixth Form College as well as former Chief Examiner for Edexcel A level English language. She now works as a freelance writer.