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The Resource One day in the life of the English language : a microcosmic usage handbook, Frank L. Cioffi

One day in the life of the English language : a microcosmic usage handbook, Frank L. Cioffi

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One day in the life of the English language : a microcosmic usage handbook
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One day in the life of the English language
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a microcosmic usage handbook
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Frank L. Cioffi
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eng
Summary
"Generations of student writers have been subjected to usage handbooks that proclaim, "This is the correct form. Learn it"--books that lay out a grammar, but don't inspire students to use it. By contrast, this antihandbook handbook, presenting some three hundred sentences drawn from the printed works of a single, typical day in the life of the language--December 29, 2008--tries to persuade readers that good grammar and usage matter. Using real-world sentences rather than invented ones, One Day in the Life of the English Language gives students the motivation to apply grammatical principles correctly and efficiently. Frank Cioffi argues that proper form undergirds effective communication and ultimately even makes society work more smoothly, while nonstandard English often marginalizes or stigmatizes a writer. He emphasizes the evolving nature of English usage and debunks some cherished but flawed grammar precepts. Is it acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition? It is. Can you start a sentence with a conjunction? You can. OK to split an infinitive? No problem. A grammar and usage handbook like no other, One Day in the Life of the English Language features accessible chapters divided into 'Fundamentals, ' 'Fine Tuning, ' and 'Deep Focus, ' allowing readers to select a level most suited to their needs. It also includes a glossary, a teachers' guide, and a section refuting some myths about digital-age English."--Publisher's Web site
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DLC
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index present
LC call number
PN203
LC item number
.C47 2015
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non fiction
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One day in the life of the English language : a microcosmic usage handbook, Frank L. Cioffi
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-349) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Actants, actions, ongoing states: nouns, verbs, and the sentences they form -- Words that modify and orient: adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, articles, interjections -- Who is he/she? Pronouns -- Punctuation, part I--the comma: promiscuous uses -- Punctuation, part II--the colon, semicolon, and more mysteries of punctuation -- Diction: sentences as clockwork -- Appendix I. Fifteen myths of digital-age English -- Appendix II. Using this book to teach college writing : a microguide -- Fifty key terms : a microglossary
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19 cm
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Extent
xviii, 355 pages
Isbn
9780691165073
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2014024276
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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(OCoLC)883207203

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