Meaning-Centered Grammar - An Introductory Text - Craig Hancock

Meaning-Centered Grammar - An Introductory Text - Craig Hancock

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Meaning-Centered Grammar - An Introductory Text - Craig Hancock

Craig Hancock [+-]
SUNY - Albany
Craig Hancock has taught English at the college level for almost three decades. He is the senior writing faculty for the nationally honored Educational Opportunity Program at the University at Albany, where he has sought to discover approaches to grammar compatible with process (meaning based) approaches to teaching writing. This text was developed and refined over five years in an introductory course in English grammar.


Rather than narrowly dividing language between correct and incorrect, this book promotes a respect for the power and usefulness of language in all its forms. It draws from a number of linguistic grammars, traditional grammar, and contemporary composition theory, yet achieves a unified synthesis by seeing each of these as ways to understand the language itself and its natural, inherent, meaning-making grammatical system. The book draws heavily on real world writing, including authors like Annie Dillard, Richard Rodriguez, John McPhee, Alice Walker, Tim O’Brien, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cornel West. Though the book is primarily a linguistically based exploration, the final two chapters move into the practical world of real world application in writing (including punctuation) and reading (grammatical analysis.) It does not stop at the isolated sentence, but considers ways in which grammar works in longer passages and in harmony with rhetorical purposes. Its direct focus is on developing an understanding of language and not on directly changing language behavior. It should be of great interest to writing teachers or grammar teachers looking for alternatives to narrow prescriptive approaches or the disinterested descriptions of much contemporary linguistics.

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Hancock, Craig . Answers to written exercises. Meaning-Centered Grammar - An Introductory Text. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 217-233 Nov 2005. ISBN 9781904768111. Date accessed: 27 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28613. Nov 2005

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