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Meaning and the English Verb [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey N. Leech
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This new updated third edition confirms Professor Leech's pre-eminence in the field. The book is still the clearest and most authoritative statement of meaning in the verb phrase, and the revised extended treatment of modality and mood constitutes a new standard for English language study. The writing is clear, precise and combines complexity with accessibility. Descriptive linguists, applied linguists, critical discourse analysts, teachers and students of the English language across the world will continue to reach for this book again and again. Professor Peter Stockwell, University of Nottingham This new edition, taking into account recent studies on English grammar, is elaborately organized with lucid and insightful descriptions of the relationship between form and meaning - indispensably valuable work that will no doubt greatly benefit teachers and students of English as a second/foreign language. Professor Miyazaki Akio, Mie University, Japan


Every language has its peculiar problems of meaning for the foreign learner. In the English language, some of the biggest yet most fascinating problems are concentrated in the area of the finite verb phrase: in particular, tense, aspect, mood and modality.

Meaning and the English Verb describes these fields in detail for teachers and advanced students of English as a foreign or second language. This new third edition uses up-to-date examples to show differences and similarities between American and British english, reflecting a great deal of recent research in this area. It also takes account of the subtle changes which are taking place in the language today.

In print for over 30 years, Meaning and the English Verb has established itself as a recognised authority on the meaning and use of verb constructions in English. This updated third edition will ensure that it remains an invaluable text for teachers and students of English worldwide.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 757 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 152 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0582784573
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Bis zu 4 Geräte gleichzeitig, je nach vom Verlag festgelegter Grenze
  • Verlag: Routledge; Auflage: 3 (14. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HUTSR36
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Indispensable! 17. September 2007
Even 35 years after it was first published, Geoffrey Leech`s descriptive study of English verb forms and their function, Meaning and the English Verb (Longman 1971), remains probably the most insightful and useful book in its field and compulsory reading for future teachers of English. Although its current price of around thirty euros seems rather expensive for this slight volume of only 131 pages, you will find that this is an investment worth making. Leech`s aim is to describe what are perhaps the most intricate and fascinating problems in the English language, namely those in the area of the finite verb phrase. This book is specifically designed for teachers and advanced students of English as a second language, and once you have read it, you will not know how you could ever have existed without it.
At first glance, the structure of the book might seem arbitrary, but the reader quickly finds out that it corresponds to Leech`s basic approach of examining both the form and the meaning of the verb phrase. In seven chapters and 176 very clear subdivisions the book deals with tense, progressive and perfect aspect, mood and the modal auxiliaries. Meaning and the English Verb does not presuppose any special knowledge of linguistics and is based on a consistent terminology. It is reductive, insofar as it concentrates on British English, basic differences to American English being also treated, and as the non-finite verb is strictly outside its subject-matter. A scholar might find fault with the fact that although Leech draws on a wide range of literature, there are no acknowledgements in the text, which however makes it easier to read, those interested being referred to the Guide to Further Reading at the end of the book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr hilfreich aber viel zu teuer! 8. Februar 2014
Von Annika L.
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Das Buch an sich ist wunderbar strukturiert und bietet viele Beispiele und nützliche Erklärungen! Für's Studium super!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen !!! 12. November 2014
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a little bit complicated. But if you really want to learn grammer , it's for you !!! !!! !!! !!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen simply good 22. Februar 2005
Von Kazuma - Veröffentlicht auf
Exhaustive and inspiring, this is a monumental descriptive study on English verbs and their semantic aspects. For non-native English learners who have trouble understanding the bahaviors of English verbs, no other book could be more useful. The author, Geoffrey Leech, says in Introduction that one of the main causes that make English a difficult-to-learn lanaguge for non-natives is somewhat elusive behaviors of its verbs(or especially auxilialiy verbs), and my own experience(I am a non-native learner of English) strongly bolsters this view, because notwithstanding the fact that I have spent many years learning the language, I cannot comprehend the behaviors of many ordinary English verbs, far less those of auxiliary ones, and this to such a degree that still now, I cannot write a brief passage confidently without having it proofread by native speakers. Hence it is that this book, which analyzes closesly and elucidates exaustively the semantic aspects of basic English verbs, is a must for non-native learners-at least if they are to learn grammatically correct English.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent presentation, manageable length 25. November 2006
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Geoffrey Leech's book is an excellent reference tool that is concise and intelligently organized. It covers material you won't find in most style and usage guides. There's just enough information on each topic to make the coverage throrough but not overly complex. Difficult subjects, such as backshift, the subjunctive, and modality, are covered with clarity and sufficient detail. Whether you agree with every position or not, you'll find the treatment informative and useful. This book should be on the desk of anyone who wants to understand tense, mood, aspect, and the breadth of expression accessible through the use of English verbs.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An insightful descriptive study 15. Februar 2005
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This is a book that looks a grammar book about verbs but actually a significant study about verbal "semantics" and aspects of words. So it is somewhat technical and it could be difficult to read it quickly. Nevertheless the descriptions of verbal usages are so suggestive for ordinary people, not students on linguistics, as to understand the correct way of speaking and writing the English words, which have a lot of difficult faces. I expect other books concerning verbs to be as descriptive as this work by Professor Leech.
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