A grammar of Nandi by Chet A. Creider, Jane Tapsubei Creider

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Naturally, this takes time. The morphology of English, the different forms that a word car take because of its function or meaning, is not as complicated as tha' of some languages, but the morphology of the spoken language < child hears may differ according to the speakers it is exposed to though this is not likely to be a major factor before the age of three The process of analogy, whereby irregular forms are assimilated tc the dominant pattern, is a feature of many children's language as i is of some adults'.

They are frequently found in advertising copy and emotional descriptions where their use suggests more than they actually say. For example, a holiday brochure might include a 'sentence' such as Miles and miles of golden sands, where the noun phrase on its own is sufficient to produce a response in the reader. THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH One aspect of English which we have not mentioned so far is the phonology or system of sounds which comprises the English language. Phonology is not part of grammar, but it is so fundamental to the study of language that it is appropriate to include it here.

When faced with a text fot analysis the significance of the grammatical features can be assessed by considering the following points: 1 Is there anything unusual about the word classes, such as a word from one class being given a different function? 2 Are sentences simple, compound or complex? 3 Do sentences express a statement, a question or a command? 4 What is the structure of the clauses? 5 What structures comprise the clause elements? 6 What is the structure of the noun phrases? 7 What can we say about the verb phrases?

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