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ERIC Number: ED499278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 308
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-3980-7777-8
English Syntax: An Outline for Teachers of English Language Learners. 3rd Edition
Hargis, Charles H.
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Ltd
Most children master the syntactic structures described in this book with no instruction by the time they start school. However, learning a language is subject to critically sensitive age restraints, and learning a second language becomes increasingly difficult as children age through this zone of sensitivity. The goal of this updated and expanded edition of this book is to provide teachers with a detailed explicit knowledge of the syntactic system and the order in which it is learned. The material is presented clearly and simply, but this is not the way it should be taught to the English language learner. The knowledge in this book is strictly for teachers, and it will enable them to assist their students in acquiring a more natural implicit understanding of the English language. Thirty-eight chapters include: (1) Syntax in Language Acquisition; (2) Sentence Classes; (3) The Auxiliary; (4) The Expanded Auxiliary; (5) The Determiner System; (6) Nouns; (7) Pronouns; (8) The Negative Transformation; (9) Prepositional Phrases; (10) Phrasal Verbs; (11) Indirect Objects; (12) Yes/No Questions; (13) WH Questions; (14) What-Do Questions; (15) Transitive Verb Complements; (16) The Passive Transformation; (17) Possessives; (18) The There Transformation; (19) Relative Clauses; (20) Noun Modifiers; (21) Noun Clauses; (22) Nominalizing Transformations; (23) Cleft Sentences; (24) Adverbial Clauses and Conjunctive Adverbs; (25) Adverbs; (26) Comparative Constructions; (27) Participial and Absolute Phrases; (28) Cause and Effect; (29) Conjunctions; (30) Exclamations and Commands and Direct Address; (31) Direct and Indirect Discourse; (32) Word Order Transformations; (33) Anaphora; (34) Syntax for Basic Math and Science Instruction; (35) Assessment; (36) Methods; (37) Some Special Difficulties; and (38) Samples and Analysis. Two appendices and a bibliography provide additional assistance. An index is included. (Contains 6 illustrations and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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