Why I Wrote ‘A Handbook of Spoken Grammar’

SPOKEN GRAMMAR

by Ken Paterson

Step back a little. Listen to the conversations around you (in any language). You’ll soon be aware of a kind of grammar that adds to, and is sometimes different from, the traditional items we teach in our classrooms.

If the conversation is in English, you may hear a tail: ‘It’s a great place to visit, Edinburgh.’ Or a bit of vague language: ‘Shall we meet at elevenish?’ Or a conversational discourse marker: ‘So I said to him, look, you don’t have to be rude.’

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