The grammar takes full advantage of the corpus revolution. It is based on the largest collection of authentic language data ever used for a grammar – more than 240 million words of spoken and written English.
The grammar covers three important text types: spoken conversation, fictional texts, expository prose.
There has been no borrowing from previous grammars. Original research was carried out for the description of each item using computational tools for all steps of the analysis.
All examples in the grammar are authentic. Frequencies are given throughout for all formal, syntactic, and semantic features of the English verb system.
Grammatical rules are presented in the order of their importance for communication and language teaching and learning. The grammar distinguishes grammatical prototypes from marginal cases.
The grammar is based on a revolutionary structural model of the verb phrase. Where other grammars have to resort to numerous exceptions, all verb pattern of English can now be explained as cases of rule-governed grammatical behaviour.
There is a new distinction between finite and non-finite verb phrases offering a ground-breaking description of the non-finite verb phrase.
The grammar is a state-of-the-art product of the most recent developments in computer aided language research.
The grammar is a must for anyone interested in new and reliable evidence about the English verb system. For learners and teachers of English it offers a wealth of information previously unavailable.