Further Reading

Grammars and other books on the English language

Aarts, Bas (2001) English syntax and argumentation, Second edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Aarts, F. and Aarts, J. (1982) English syntactic structures: functions and categories in sentence analysis, Oxford: Pergamon Press.

Burton-Roberts, N. (1997) Analysing sentences, Second edition, London: Longman.

Gramley, S. and Pätzold, K.-M. (1992) A survey of modern English, London: Routledge.

Greenbaum, S. and Quirk, R. (1990) A student's grammar of the English language, London: Longman.

Greenbaum, S. (1996) The Oxford English grammar, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Huddleston, R. (1984) Introduction to the grammar of English, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (A condensed version of this was published as Huddleston 1988.)

Huddleston, R. (1988) English grammar: an outline, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Kuiper, K and Scott Allan, W. (1996) An introduction to English language, London: Macmillan.

Leech, G. and Svartvik, J. (1994) A communicative grammar of English, 2nd edition, London: Longman.

Nelson, G. (2001) English: an essential grammar. London: Routledge.

Quirk, R., Greenbaum, S., Leech, G. and Svartvik, J. (1985) A comprehensive grammar of the English language, London: Longman. (A condensed version was published as Greenbaum and Quirk 1990.)

Wardhaugh, R. (1995) Understanding English grammar, Oxford: Blackwell.


Chalker, S. and E. Weiner (1994) The Oxford dictionary of English grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

This book covers terminology from traditional/descriptive grammar and phonetics.

Crystal, D. (1992) A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Third edition. Oxford: Blackwell.

This dictionary contains terminology from all areas of linguistics, including discourse studies, functional linguistics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, semantics and syntax. It contains both traditional and theoretical terminology.

Eastwood, J. The Oxford guide to English grammar (1994).

This guide deals with grammar in short sections such as The Noun Phrase, Sentence, Text, etc.

Hurford, J. (1994) Grammar: a student's guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This is an elementary guide to grammatical terminology, with exercises.

Leech, G. (1989) An A-Z of English grammar and usage. London: Edward Arnold.

This A-Z is a useful dictionary of descriptive grammatical terminology. It contains tables, diagrams, and examples.

Trask, R. L. (1993) A dictionary of grammatical terms in linguistics. London and New York: Routledge.

This lucidly written book covers grammar in the narrow sense, i.e. only syntax and morphology.


Asher, R. E. (ed.) (1994) The encyclopedia of language and linguistics. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

A 10-volume work of reference containing articles written by specialists on language and linguistics.

Bright, W. (ed.) (1992) International encyclopedia of linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

A one-volume work with short entries.

Collinge, N. E. (ed.) (1989) An encyclopedia of language. London: Routledge.

A one-volume encyclopedia with articles on linguistic topics. Not useful for quick reference.

Crystal, D. (1987) The Cambridge encyclopedia of language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

A superb and delightful reference work dealing with all aspects of language.

Crystal, D. (1995) The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

A comprehensive and indispensable book for anyone interested in the English language in all its facets.

McArthur, T. (1992) The Oxford companion to the English language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Covers the field of English language studies, including usage, style, varieties, the language of literature etc.