A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language

A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (ISBN 9780582517349) is a descriptive grammar of English written by Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, and Jan Svartvik. It was first published by Longman in 1985.

A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language
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AuthorRandolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, & Jan Svartvik
SubjectComprehensive descriptive grammar of the English language
PublisherLongman
Publication date
1985
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages1779
ISBN9780582517349

In 1991 it was called "The greatest of contemporary grammars, because it is the most thorough and detailed we have," and "It is a grammar that transcends national boundaries."[1]

The book relies on elicitation experiments as well as three corpora: a corpus from the Survey of English Usage, the Lancaster-Oslo-Bergen Corpus (UK English), and the Brown Corpus (US English).[2]

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  1. ^ John Algeo, "American English Grammars in the Twentieth Century", in Gerhard Leitner (Ed.), English Traditional Grammars: An International Perspective (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1991), pp. 113-138.
  2. ^ Rodney Huddleston (Jun 1988). "Reviewed Work: A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik". Language. Linguistic Society of America. 64 (2): 345–354. doi:10.2307/415437. JSTOR 415437.