A little tiresome as the author uses every opportunity to tell 'kids say the darnedest things' stories about his own kid. This gets as old as it does when you hear it from someone at work.
Our friend 1aa, below, gets a 'like' for irony, "there respect." That spell checker will trip you up every time!
The clarity and orderliness of this book is beyond compare; and its not boring as a result either! The principles of grammar are each slowly unveiled using examples from initial language acquisition by children, including the memories of the author's own child and her learning. The book is explanatory without being didactic, referring to properties of natural language rather than to "rules", indeed, the rules and practices of the past are (including principles of language change with respect to grammar) a recurring quality of this book. Even grammar of influential (influential on English and past thought about the grammar of English) dead languages are given there respect: Latin and its odd cases (accusative, ablative, vocative, etc.) are briefly explained. And he does with a few doses of humour! (among the funniest is on pages 172-3). There is an appendix for teaching and testing grammar, as well as a further reading guide, including websites.
fascinating in the way it makes you aware of how you write and use English. Well worth the money and time to read it.
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