Discovering English grammar and variation
This book is a basic English grammar, based on decades of teaching. It is organized around two core points: 1) the discovery of grammatical regularities, and 2) language variation. The first core point uses both a top-down approach, using a set of simple discovery procedures (heuristics), and a bottom-up approach, in which the learner is invited to notice similarities and differences and to build their own rules. The second core point is that language is not a monolith, but rather a variable system, in which the socio-economic situation in which the speakers interact affects their linguistic choices. Therefore it is necessary to consider these sociolinguistic factors for a deep understanding of grammar and its uses.
Laura Di Ferrante is Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Roma Tre and at the University for Foreigners of Siena. Founding editor of «E-JournALL, EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages», her education background and work experience have been carried out both in Italy and the United States. Her research interests focus on workplace and media discourse, intercultural pragmatics, and language attitudes.
Sergio Pizziconi has been teaching in secondary school for thirty years. With the Italian doctorate in Linguistics and Teaching Italian L2/FL and the American PhD in English and applied linguistics, he has taught linguistics related courses in Italian and American universities. His research interests cover cognitive linguistics, pedagogy and languages for special purposes.
Salvatore Attardo (PhD, Purdue University, 1991) is full professor of linguistics at Texas A&M University – Commerce. He has authored more than 100 articles and three books. He has also edited several books, including the Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (Sage, 2015) and the Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor (2017).