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Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 7:08 pm
by gdwdwrkr
Quirk's Grammar of Contemporary English...I see it referred-to in a Safire book. Any links to it in WW? I'm having trouble finding out about it.

Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 8:36 pm
by zmjezhd
There are two books of similar title: (1) Randolph Quirk. 1973. A Concise Grammar of Contemporary English. Harcourt, ISBN: 0155129309, 484pp., and (2) Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and Svartvik. 1972. A Grammar Of Contemporary English. Longman, ISBN: 058252444X, 1132pp. There is also a later book, (3) Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and Svartvik. 1983. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. Longman, ISBN: 0582517346, 1779pp. The third is still in print (Amazon.com), while the previous two can be found used via Abebooks.

Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 12:04 am
by gdwdwrkr
The third is the book referred-to, I believe. Thanks for the additional information.

Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 7:24 am
by Ken Greenwald
For anyone interested in the shorter 484 page version - the one I own - is also called A University Grammar of English by Quirk and Greenbaum, 1973, published by Longman, ISBN: 0582552079, and is available at Amazon.com.
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Ken G – May13, 2007

Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 5:27 pm
by Phil White
Yes, the third has for many years been pretty well the standard reference work - at least for UK English. I use the one Ken quoted, which is in principle a condensation of the second Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and Svartvik listed by Jim and was compiled "... to satisfy the needs of university students who require the comprehensiveness of the original work but not its detail or extensive theoretical discussion or wealth of exemplification."

Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 6:53 pm
by zmjezhd
There's also Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey Pullum. 2002. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. I own it and the second grammar mentioned above. I also find Otto Jespersen. 1909ff. A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles, 7 volumes, rather good, too.

Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:25 am
by mongrowl
This topic, started by gdwrkr, is flagging at me but I fail to see justification for the forum choice. Is there some kind of paradigm shift I am unaware of?
Lneil

Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 3:09 am
by Erik_Kowal
Good point. I am moving it to 'Oh, and have you read..?'

Quirk's Grammar

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 9:09 am
by gdwdwrkr
Yes, it makes sense to move it here.