ERIC Number: ED390299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
World of John and Mary Smith: A Study of Quirk and Greenbaum's "University Grammar of English."
This paper analyzes the "University Grammar of English" by Randolph Quirk and Sidney Greenbaum (1973) from the point of view of isolation of forms of language from meaning used to convey these forms, especially regarding gender differences and relations in the main characters, John and Mary Smith. It is suggested that females are underrepresented, especially noted through the use of stative and dynamic verbs as applied to each specific gender. Results are compared to other grammar texts, such as "Introduction to the Grammar of English" (Huddleston, 1984) and "An Introduction to Functional Grammar" (Halliday, 1985). It is suggested that the world of John and Mary are cultural products with describable features that present a distorted picture of women's place in the world. Detailed examples of the reviewed text are included. (Contains seven references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: CLE Working Papers 1; see FL 023 492.