Grammar in the Generative Sentence
This book was written in response to the question, “How does the language work in print?” Grammar gets a fresh look through parts of speech, verbs, forms and functions, sentence patterns, and discourse units—with emphasis on those used nonrestrictively. Samples for analysis are drawn from superb writers in varied fields.
The bond between grammar and rhetoric is indissoluble, though the typical grammar text ignores the bond. Grammar in the Generative Sentence reveals the grammatical assembly of clauses and phrases, showing how they combine into rhetorically stunning prose. Sentences containing multiple statements arranged in logical hierarchy—generative sentences—are far more widespread and significant than grammar guides ordinarily confess. By custom, grammar instruction stops short of describing English prose as it actually shows up on the page.
Grammar in the Generative Sentence is intended for undergraduate students in a one-semester course, allowing that some need to start at the very beginning but all need to understand generative writing. It consists of text with exercises, at a level suited to those preparing for professional work in writing, editing, or teaching.