Grammar, Meaning, and Concepts: A Discourse-Based Approach to English Grammar is a book for language teachers and learners that focuses on the meanings of grammatical constructions within discourse, rather than on language as structure governed by rigid rules. This text emphasizes the ways in which users of language construct meaning, express viewpoints, and depict imageries using the conceptual, meaning-filled categories that underlie all of grammar. Written by a team of authors with years of experience teaching grammar to future teachers of English, this book puts grammar in the context of real language and illustrates grammar in use through an abundance of authentic data examples. Each chapter also provides a variety of activities that focus on grammar, genre, discourse, and meaning, which can be used as they are or can be adapted for classroom practice. The activities are also designed to raise awareness about discourse, grammar, and meaning in all facets of everyday life, and can be used as springboards for upper high school, undergraduate, and graduate level research projects and inquiry-based grammatical analysis. Grammar, Meaning, and Concepts is an ideal textbook for those in the areas of teacher education, discourse analysis, applied linguistics, second language teaching, ESL, EFL, and communications who are looking to teach and learn grammar from a dynamic perspective.

chapter 1|5 pages

Meaning Beyond Syntax

Discourse and Conceptualization

chapter 2|42 pages

The Nuts and Bolts of Grammar

chapter 3|30 pages

The Basic Grammar for Mentioning People, Ideas, Values, Objects, Concepts, and Things

Nouns and Their Meanings in Discourse

chapter 11|28 pages

The Grammar of Inquiry and Apparent Inquiry in Discourse

Yes-No Questions, Wh- Questions, Alternative or Choice Questions, and Tag Questions