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The Structure of Modern Standard French

A Student Grammar

Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen

March 2016

ISBN: 9780198723745

416 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Price: £20.99

This book is an advanced student's grammar of French that integrates traditional grammar with knowledge and insights from modern linguistics. 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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This book is an advanced student's grammar of French that integrates traditional grammar with knowledge and insights from modern linguistics. It assumes some prior knowledge of French grammar but is designed to be accessible to those with no background in linguistics.

  • Takes a systematic and logical approach to French grammar
  • Explicitly teaches students how to parse French sentences at all levels of structure
  • Accessible to students with no background in Linguistics

About the Author(s)

Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen, Professor of French Language and Linguistics, University of Manchester

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.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    Part I: Understanding French Sentence Structure
    1: Simple sentences and their basic constituents
    2: The internal structure of clause constituents
    3: Complex sentence structures
    4: Subordinate clauses
    Part II: The Grammar of French Verbs
    5: Finite verb forms: Mood
    6: Finite verb forms: Tense
    7: Finite verb forms: Aspect
    8: Finite verb forms: Auxiliaries
    9: Non-finite verb forms: The infinitive
    10: Non-finite verb forms: The past participle
    11: 11. Non-finite verb forms: The present participle and the gérondif
    Part III: The Grammar of French Nominals
    12: Definite and indefinite determiners
    13: Adjectives within the noun phrase
    14: Pronouns: Overview
    15: Personal and reflexive pronouns
    16: Neutral pronouns
    17: Pronominal adverbs
    18: Possessives and demonstratives
    19: Interrogative and relative pronouns and adverbs
    20: Indefinites
    Part IV: The Grammar of French Particles
    21: Prepositions
    22: Adverbs, interjections, and coordinating conjunctions
    Part V: The Grammar of French Clauses and Sentences
    23: Negation and restriction
    24: Word order
    25: Voice
    26: Dislocation, (pseudo-)clefts, and presentative constructions
    Further reading
    Appendix A: Overview of grammatical functions
    Appendix B: Word classes in French
    Appendix C: Subordinate clause types in French
    Appendix D: Examples of sentence analyses to word level
    Appendix E: Overview of the French tenses

Reviews

"This reference book is definitely designed for the grammar gurus among us. Those who use this book will develop heightened analytical skills and enhanced attention to detail. As is naturally the case when comparing and contrasting two languages, the user will improve his/her skills in both languages, so much so that what had previously been a baffling structure will be clearer." - French Review

"I would highly recommend this book, particularly to English-speaking students who are looking to acquire a deeper understanding of the most complicated structures found in standard French. Thorough, accessible, and rich in examples and illustrations, this work should establish itself as standard reference both for students and teachers of French as a foreign language." - Damien Gaucher, Journal of French Language Studies

"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