Ja, dieses Buch ist ein Klassiker und zu Recht. Ja, die Beispiele sind gut. Ja, es ist alles vorhanden, was man sich zu diesem Thema je wünschen könnte. ABER Es ist didaktisch grausam. Struktur - was ist das? Clustern von Informationen? Zusammenfassungen? Schaubilder? Wer auf unstruktirierten Fließtext, der ab und zu mal von Überschriften unterbrochen wird, steht, der wird mit diesem Buch sicherlich sehr glücklich werden.
Wenn man wirklich nur anstreicht, was essentiell ist und sich das zusammenfasst, bleibt von diesem Buch letztendlich nicht mehr viel übrig. Das passt dann alles in Kapitel 7 und 8 dieses Buches Grammar Book, welches Leech und Comrie als Quellen angbiebt.
Nette Sammlung von Beispielsätzen und Ausnahmen. Ein Klassiker. Für Sonderfälle super. Zum lernen grausam, langweilig, zäh.
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. Likewise, the examples used are not borrowed from literature and therefore not representative of a corpus, but invented, and consequently very accurate, suitable and self-explanatory. Thanks to its useful index and the summaries at the beginning of each chapter, this book can be used as a reference guide to look up certain aspects you have come across. However, seeing as it is rather short and written in a precise and quite readable style, Meaning and the English Verb will above all benefit teachers and students of English who read the whole book from beginning to end.