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Grammar Resources + Word Usage

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E-books from the UTEP Library

Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style

Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style


  • Clear, no-nonsense explanations and examples that make learning the finer points of English grammar easy.
  • An easy way to remember the parts of speech-including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections-and how to assemble them into clear clauses, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs.
  • Help with the mechanics of writing, including proper punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
  • Tips on avoiding and fixing the most common errors.
  • Plentiful in-book exercises to reinforce learning for each topic.
  • A review of the various references and style guides available and how and when to use them.
  • A thorough guide to writing with clarity and conciseness, which gives more impact to letters, emails, and other documents.

Motivation in Grammar and the Lexicon


  • Language structure and use are largely shaped by cognitive processes such as categorizing, framing, inferencing, associative (metonymic), and analogical (metaphorical) thinking, and – mediated through cognition – by bodily experience, emotion, perception, action, social/communicative interaction, culture, and the internal ecology of the linguistic system itself. The contributors to the present volume demonstrate how these language-independent factors motivate grammar and the lexicon in a variety of languages such as English, German, French, Italian, Hungarian, Russian, Croatian, Japanese, and Korean. The volume will be of great interest to students and scholars in cognitive and functional linguistics.

The Origins of Grammar


  • The author discusses the development of grammar / rules for putting words together. Along the way, he discusses recent discoveries about speakers of pidgins and creole, the modern development of new sign languages, and the modern history of linguistics.

Grammatically Correct


This guide covers four essential aspects of good writing:

  • Individual words- —spelling variations, hyphenation, frequently confused homonyms, frequently misused words and phrases, irregular plurals and negatives, and uses of capitalization and type style to add special meanings
  • Punctuation- —the role of each mark in achieving clarity and affecting tone, and demonstration of how misuses can lead to ambiguity
  • Syntax and structure- —agreement of subject and verb, parallel construction, modifiers, tenses, pronouns, active versus passive voice, and more
  • Style- —advice on the less hard-and-fast areas of clarity and tone, including sentence length and order, conciseness, simplification, reading level, jargon and clichés, and subtlety

Filled with self-test exercises and whimsical literary quotations, Grammatically Correct steers clear of academic stuffiness, focusing instead on practical strategies and intuitive explanations.

Anaphora and Type Logical Grammar


  • This book develops a hybrid architecture that allows to incorporate anaphora resolution into grammatical deduction while avoiding these consequences. To this end, the grammar logic is enriched with a connective that specifically deals with anaphora. After giving a self-contained introduction into Type Logical Grammar in general, the book discusses the formal properties of this connective. In the sequel, Jäger applies this machinery to numerous linguistic phenomena pertaining to the interaction of pronominal anaphora, VP ellipsis and quantification. In the final chapter, the framework is extended to indefiniteness, specificity and sluicing.

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation


A concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage and plenty of helpful examples.

  • Clear and concise, easy-to-follow, offering "just the facts"
  • Fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes
  • Ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the US and abroad

Learning Express Grammar Courses

Learning Express Library is a fully-integrated online resource that provides access to a comprehensive collection of tools for test preparation, skill-building, and career guidance. Learning Express contains practice tests and self paced courses. If you don't already have a Learning Express account, you'll need to register to get started. Simply click on the Register button under New Users and use your UTEP email account.

Once you have register you can start adding modules to your center. Learning Express Library offers Grammar Practice e-books and test as well as Grammar Skills courses in the Workplace Skills Improvement section under the Business Writing category.

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