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Oxford University Press
12 May 2016
This book is an advanced student's grammar of French that integrates traditional grammar with knowledge and insights from modern linguistics. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen takes a structural approach to French grammar: she provides clear descriptions of grammatical rules based explicitly on syntactic structure, and places descriptive emphasis on instances where the grammatical structures of French differ from those used in corresponding contexts in English. The first part of the book provides an introduction to French sentence structure, before the following parts examine the grammar of verbs, nominals, particles, and clauses and sentences. The Structure of Modern Standard French will be a valuable resource for students of French at undergraduate level and beyond. It assumes some prior knowledge of French grammar but is designed to be accessible to those with no background in linguistics.
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Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 175mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   758g
ISBN:   9780198723745
ISBN 10:   0198723741
Pages:   416
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Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen is Professor of French Language and Linguistics at the University of Manchester. She holds a PhD and Higher Doctorate in French Linguistics from the University of Copenhagen, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in 2013. She is the author of The Function of Discourse Particles: A Study with Special Reference to Spoken Standard French (Benjamins, 1996), and Particles at the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface: Synchronic and Diachronic Issues (Elsevier/Brill, 2008) and of numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of French grammar, linguistics, and pragmatics, from both a synchronic and diachronic point of view.

Reviews for Structure of Modern Standard French: A Student Grammar

This well-written advanced students' reference grammar of French integrates traditional grammar with some well-chosen insights from modern linguistics. It is highly accessible for student and teacher ... This book will improve students' ability to understand formal written French texts, including literary ones. I wish it had been available when I last taught advanced French. I highly recommend it. Linda R. Waugh, University of Arizona The teaching of French grammar in UK secondary and higher education has long been seen as a dreary and arbitrary enunciation of rights and wrongs. This has left many advanced learners and teachers of French starved of a deeper understanding of the principles underlying grammatical rules and of knowledge about the structure of French that linguistics provides. Mosegaard Hansen's book fills this void admirably ... as a lucid and accessible guide to understanding. Anthony Lodge, University of St Andrews


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