The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

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The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language
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AuthorRodney Huddleston
Geoffrey K. Pullum
SubjectComprehensive descriptive grammar of the English language
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date
April 15, 2002
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages1860
ISBN0-521-43146-8
OCLC46641801

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL) is a descriptive grammar of the English language. Its primary authors are Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum. Huddleston was the only author to work on every chapter. It was published by Cambridge University Press in 2002 and has been cited almost 7,000 times.[1]

History[edit]

Huddleston published a very critical review of A comprehensive grammar of the English language in 1988.[2] In his review, he wrote,

there are some respects in which it is seriously flawed and disappointing. A number of quite basic categories and concepts do not seem to have been thought through with sufficient care; this results in a remarkable amount of unclarity and inconsistency in the analysis, and in the organization of the grammar.[2]

The University of Queensland provided a special projects grant to launch the project in 1989, when Huddleston began work on CGEL. From 1989 to 1995, "workshops were held regularly in Brisbane and Sydney to develop ideas for the framework and content of the grammar".[2] Pullum joined the project in 1995[3] after Huddleston "bemoaned the problems he was having in maintaining the momentum of this huge project, at that time already five years underway".[4]

Contributors[edit]

Huddleston is the sole author on seven of chapters and co-author on the other 13. Pullum is co-author on six chapters. The following are the authors in alphabetical order.

Other collaborators[edit]

Board of consultants[edit]

Barry Blake, Bernard Comrie, Greville Corbett, Edward Finegan, John Lyons, Peter Matthews, Keith Mitchell, Frank Palmer, John Payne, Neil Smith, Roland Sussex, and the late James D. McCawley.

Reviews[edit]

  • Aarts, Bas. (2004). Grammatici certant. Journal of Linguistics, 40, 365–382.
  • Culicover, Peter W. (2004). "The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (review)". Language, 80 (1), 127–141.
  • Griffiths, Eric. (2002). "Review: The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K Pullum". The Guardian.[1]
  • Leech, Geoffrey. (2004). A new Gray's Anatomy of English grammar. English Language and Linguistics, 8 (1), 121–147.

It also won the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award of the Linguistic Society of America in 2004.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Google Scholar". scholar.google.ca. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  2. ^ a b c Huddleston, Rodney (1988). "A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik". Language. 64: 345–354. doi:10.2307/415437.
  3. ^ Culicover, Peter W. (2004). "The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (review)" (PDF). Language. 80 (1): 127–141. doi:10.1353/lan.2004.0018. ISSN 1535-0665.
  4. ^ Crystal, David (2002). "Cambridge grammar of the English language by Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum" (PDF). The Indexer. 23: 2.
  5. ^ "Leonard Bloomfield Book Award Previous Holders". Linguist Society of America. Retrieved August 18, 2015.

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