Looking for a good grammar
|From:||Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 8, 2004, 2:03|
I love languages and conlangs and have been tinkering
with them for over 50 years.
I have no formal training in linguistics, and aside
from what little I learned, and promptly forgot about
grammar in high school and when I learned Latin and
German, I really know nothing about it.
I realized the depth of my ignorance when I tried to
name the tenses of some verbs.
Request number one: What's a good general book on
grammar that would be comprehsensible to the
non-specialist. But I don't want a book on how to
write better, but one about the theory or study of
grammar in general.
When I look up "grammar" on Amazon I get things like
the 1001 most common writing errors, and how to write
better science fiction, and blah, blah. blah.
Somebody please give me a title or two?
Which of these are the same tenses and which are
different ways of expressing the same tense, and what
tenses are they anyway?
I am stubborn and I run.
I am being stubborn and I am running.
I will be stobborn and I will run.
I was stubborn and I ran.
I was being stubborn and I was running.
I had been stubborn and I had run.
I should have been stobborn and I should have run.
I have been stubborn and I have been running.
I will have been stubborn for ...
I would have been stubborn but ...
I will be being stubborn and I will be running.
I will have been being stubborn and I will have been
running for ...
I came up with about 30 of these, and I sure can't
remember 30 different names for the tenses, and I'm
sure some of them even have names.