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English for the Natives: Discover the Grammar You Don't Know You Know (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Harry Ritchie

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Revue de presse

Ritchie's approach to English grammar in this entertaining book on the subject is a relief (Sunday Times)

This informative read reassures that mastering our language is easier than it seems (Mail on Sunday, Paperback of the Week)

A hugely entertaining read, full of attitude and verve and sharp running jokes. And underneath all this lies rigorous linguistic heft, which gives the book real authority (Daily Mail)

I learnt a lot about my own language from English for the Natives, and about how our language and our understanding of the world have developed in tandem. And I particularly appreciated Harry Ritchie's bold dismantling of the metaphysics of Chomskyan structuralism. Wonderful to have such a fresh first-hand observation of how language actually works (Michael Frayn)

Essential reading (Nick Hornby)

Clear, trenchant, funny, Ritchie makes thinking a pleasure (John Carey)

An engaging response to an educational disaster . . . This book is sensible, valuable and written with a sense of fun (TLS)

How many new books are there about words, grammar and language? Nonetheless, Harry Ritchie's English for the Natives leaps to the top of the pile for its sharp, good sense, linguistic rigour [and] sense of humour (Marcus Berkmann, The Spectator)

On the pleasantly scholarly end of the word book spectrum. Informed by linguistics, it has a particularly good discussion of the controversy between "innatists" (following Chomsky) and others (Guardian)

Présentation de l'éditeur

'My first English lesson was grammar with the terrifying Mrs Petrie. She spent the entire time marching up and down the classroom, thwacking various items of school furniture with a ruler while she banged on about the ING part of the verb. I sat there, vibrating with fear, desperately trying to figure out what on earth she could mean. Irregular Negative Gerund? Intransitive Nominative Genitive? It was only years later, when I was teaching English to foreign students, that I realised that English grammar wasn't obscure and wilfully difficult but a fascinating subject which I was already brilliant at - and this book will prove that you are too.'



Forget the little you think you know about English grammar and start afresh with this highly entertaining and accessible guide. English for the Natives outlines the rules and structures of our language as they are taught to foreign students - and have never before been explained to us. Harry Ritchie also examines the grammar of dialects as well as standard English and shows how non-standard forms are just as valid.



With examples from a wide variety of sources, from Ali G to John Betjeman, Margaret Thatcher to Match of the Day, this essential book reveals some surprising truths about our language and teaches you all the things you didn't know you knew about grammar.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 771 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 240 pages
  • Editeur : John Murray (10 octobre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00D8CSV2G
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The days of good English has went 22 novembre 2013
Par Governor - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A jaunty little read is this. I liked it, and it did me good. Having always worn the badge of "grammar nazi" with cruel pride, I was aghast and then chastened to find out that I am, in fact, merely a grubby "grammar snob". The central theme of this book is that grammar is fluid and a means of social demarcation. It is not logic in predication. At least, not merely so. This is a point well worth making through repeated examples, as Mr Ritchie does. Along the way, he exposes the layers of meaning hidden in the unwritten conventions of our speech. Great stuff.

The thing is not without its faults, though. I found some of the excursions into universal semiotics fascinating, but digressive. In a slender volume that is nominally about English, they suggest a lack of focus - particularly when a few of the more central elements are missing. Where, for example, is the chapter on punctuation? How about the one on the relationship between grammar and style? I look forward to Mr Ritchie's thoughts on these topics in a future edition.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A very good book on the English language and the linguistic theory behind its development 18 février 2014
Par Brig G J Christopherson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Unlike other English grammar books I have read, this book is actually very easy to read in its own right. The discussion about the competing schools of thought relating to the development of language skills in infants and growing children provides a valuable background to the later parts of the book. Although the author's style is relaxed, this is not a book that could be described as a 'page-turner'. I found I had to stop, think, and quite often refer back to earlier parts of the book to make sure I understood the point the author was making but this was always worthwhile. In summary,I found this book interesting, informative, and well worth studying.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 As the curate said of his ruined egg, "parts of it are very nice." 11 décembre 2013
Par Baden Eunson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Great cover, and some good info, but mainly parts of speech/word classes- morphology- and microscopic amount on syntax, let alone style or punctuation (and its relation to grammar). It's another of those chatty, belleletrist and Anglo-parochial works like Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves and David Marsh's For Whom the Bell Tolls: One Man's Search for Grammatical Perfection (2013). It's droll, and might fill in an afternoon, but you probably won't be a better writer after it. We need more books in this area with the Anglosphere moving beyond politicians saying "why don't they teach them grammar and syntax?"( er....syntax + morphology is grammar- category error, based on ignorance). Nice, but no cigar. We seem to be trapped between the dilettantes and the Linguists- not enough or too much info.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A 'rationalist' view that there is no 'right' or 'wrong' grammar does us no good. It's more worser in fact. 26 novembre 2013
Par Bela Bartok - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I post this with due dismay.
Mr. Ritchie is trying to have his grammatical cake and eat it too.
By claiming we, as children, learn the rules of grammar and syntax to speak effective English easily, he then moves to say that there are no rules for grammar that cannot be broken. This book is too much of a 'rationalism' of grammar to be any worthwhile. It makes some interesting reading regarding the development of English grammar, and maintains that proper (native) English speakers know not to say "Is it smaller than a salt" because it is incorrect to do so. But not 10 pages later, Ritchie argues that using two superlatives "More betterer" is perfectly valid, and only the anal-retentive grammar Nazis will jump for their red pens.
This position is untenable.
The argument that we all speak using amazingly correct grammar, but then accepting that gross mistakes are 'valid', argues against his entire premise.
A very disappointing read if you expect a knowledgeable and academic work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 GREAT FUN 30 octobre 2014
Par Barry E - Publié sur Amazon.com
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THIS WAS FOR MY ENGLISH GRAMMAR NUT!!
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