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每个人的语法

2022年2月17日

你在一个派对上. 有人问:“你是做什么的??”

“I’m a grammarian,” you say, and your would-be new friend scarpers before you can blink.

语法学家和语言学家 博士Andreea Calude wants to shout out that grammar can not only be fun, it is vital for communication and social cohesion, and English grammar in particular has plenty of mystery and intrigue.

她刚刚与人合著了一本关于它的书, 英语语法的奥秘 – A Guide to Complexities of the English Language, launched this week at the University of 正规买球app首页.

Calude博士, Senior Linguistics Lecturer at the University and convenor of its 语言学课程, teamed up with renowned author and linguist Emeritus Professor Laurie Bauer from Victoria University of Wellington to write a book that outlines problems (mysteries) and everyday aspects of grammar in a way that’s easily understood.

“这是一本适合所有人的书,”卡鲁德博士说. “Grammar helps us communicate effectively, sticks us in groups, let’s us be our different selves. It’s not just the concern of academics in ivory towers with nothing better to do. We use grammar every day and you don’t need a degree to understand the value of it.

“它并不纯粹或完美. 这就是十大靠谱买球平台排名做事的方式. 语法是十大靠谱买球平台排名包装信息的一部分. We use different types of language and grammar to fit into our various social circles – at work, 在家里, 在社交场合, 跟成年人, talking to children – and it can mean the difference between social acceptance and being an outsider,卡鲁德博士说.

“For example, in New Zealand we have several greetings – hello, gidday, how are you doing? – but when I went to England people kept greeting me with ‘You’re right?’ and I didn’t know I only had to reply with the same question. I was confused and it immediately placed me as an outsider.”

Calude博士 says having grammar rules makes things easier to remember and recall when we speak and when we write.

十大靠谱买球平台排名以貌取人, 他们是怎么说的, their body language and their spoken and written language … language is your business card if you like.”

决定在他们最新的书里要包括什么, Drs Calude and Bauer each wrote a list of possible subjects, eventually settling on 15 “mysteries” and then set about writing their own chapters, often using examples of the precise mysteries described for chapter titles to make their point – You’ll never get nowhere: Double negatives; The author has finished this chapter last year: The present perfect; and An even more interestinger topic: Comparatives and superlatives.

One of Calude博士’s favourite chapters to write was Over and Out: Prepositions.

“他们不合逻辑. 为什么十大靠谱买球平台排名说" by mistake ",而说" on purpose "? 十大靠谱买球平台排名说" by accident "而不是" on accident ". 我解释十大靠谱买球平台排名在表面上看到的, 为什么有些东西是这样的, 然后把它拆开, 质疑它, and analyse it to increase understanding in a way that’s – hopefully – upbeat and engaging.”

Calude博士 says that’s how she tries to make her lectures too: energetic and dynamic, and she’s often rewarded when students tell her that her grammar paper wasn’t what they were expecting.

She hopes her students past and present will read 英语语法的奥秘.

这是发布的 劳特利奇 有平装本,也有电子书. 也可以下载单独的章节. In Hamilton the book is available at Bennetts on campus and Poppies in the city.


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