By Virginia Tufte
From the preface: "Grammar as variety is a learn of grammatical styles and how they paintings within the palms of up to date specialist writers. it truly is addressed to somebody drawn to stylistic concept and perform. i am hoping it is going to locate readers between academics and potential academics of English; scholars of composition, inventive writing, grammar, literature, stylistics, and literary feedback; and writers outdoor the school room who're drawn to learning expert techniques.
Each bankruptcy, other than the 1st, concentrates on an enormous syntactic constitution or thought and considers its stylistic position in sentences from twentiethcentury fiction and nonfiction. In all, the booklet comprises fifteen significant grammatical subject matters and greater than 1000 samples of contemporary prose."
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It consists of a noun phrase with a partial predicate: He smoked briefly, his eyes following a pattern of concrete blocks in the school building. —J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey, p. 153. He bent down, himself forgotten, his face lit up with love and pride. —Alan Paton, Too Late the Phalarope, p. 17. The nominative absolute functions as a sentence modifier, not tied directly to any one referent in the main clause. Often, since it is understood, the verbal is simply dropped out, and what remains is a major noun phrase with whatever is left of the predicate: So I sat before the fire, a volume of Dickens upon my knee, musing, till it grew late.
In addition to the fee-patterns of all kinds, linking kernels of Type 2 are sometimes used in many of these same ways to punctuate a longer passage. In this use, as everywhere, they are less common than the other three types and are sometimes ignored in favor of the fee-kernels. When they are wanted, however, these linking arrangements can be very effective: Perhaps people think A Man for All Seasons is so great because unlike the usual movie which is aimed at twelve-year-olds, this one is aimed at twelve-year-old intellectuals and idealists.
Some of the calls were from the very great like Ed Murrow, who wanted me to extend my remarks for an even larger audience. I declined. A few wanted to know if I was likely to say anything that would affect the market in the near future. I promised them silence. The rest wished to denounce me for destroying their dream. —John Kenneth Galbraith, "Introduction " The Great Crash, 1929, p. xv. SOME SHORT TRANSFORMS WITH EFFECTS LIKE THOSE OF THE KERNELS In all these samples, the effect derives far more from the unmistakable separation of a kernel from longer sentences than from any differing characteristics of the four types.
Grammar as Style by Virginia Tufte