English Teacher Article Is There a Grammar of Spoken English?

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While it is undoubtedly true that there is a grammar of spoken English, the problem is, could it be codifed and documented when it is so fluid and intangible?

"A thorough description of spoken English grammar is felt to be overdue. After all, spoken language has largely been neglected by grammatical tradition; the word grammar itself descends from the classical Greek word for writing. The grammarian's bias towards the written language remains strong today, and is reflected in such terminology as 'left dislocation' and 'right dislocation' in referring to grammatical transformations. To understand these terms, we have to think of a sentence as immobile and visible on the page, like a laboratory specimen, rather than as an ongoing phenomenon of speech. Morever, discrimination in favour of the written sentence, in grammars, has to some extent been reinforced by the advent of computer corpora, simply because until very recently corpora of spoken language have not been available in sufficient quantity and coverage."

From: Geoffrey Leech

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I think that it is more a question of grammars as spoken English exhibits far more diversity than written English.

Will you please help to me , I have some problem in grammar ESL , Possessive noun,Questions with whoes, The Present Contnuous Tense ; Noun Action verbs ; Modal Verbs: can,may,might,will
Nouns and Expressions of Quantity, Comparsons , Modal Verbs: Requests , Offers, and Permission
another my problem is about Punctuation in writing I don't know when I should use it . Can you send for me some sample and exercises and sample test and quiz for me about this .

I am engineering student . But i cannot able to speak an english, Due to this i missed so meny job opertunities So please help me


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i have a question that most of us the foreign are so focoussed on accent and forget clear spoken english(i mean gramatical english) or we tend to folow so much antique rules of english gramer,
can you define any easy guide line to solve the problem? because it is very difficult to talk with native english speakers.

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i am a graduate. but i cannot speak english. how develop my study pls help me

Please help me i have not read and write english so please you have suggested which types improve the english


i want to spech in english
idon't speach in english fluently
pls understnad with my problem

there would be a lot of problems
in speaking what would i do plese guide me

my passion is english but i dont known how to talk in english when any person who talk me in english i nerves and not reply what they ask me, and help me how to imporve my english

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I love English. No questions asked self for it.

It's fantastic language from where I am earning
top joy, happyness, and wholesome freedom. Have
had a good command over this language. But
needs best help for Phonetics understanding.

How would you, please, best helping me ?

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i have not write and read english please help me

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I would like to know english grammar and speak well english language. please, please help me.

pls help me to speak english .

My name is shwetha, I like the english language
but, I can't how to speek in english
Plese help me.

hi...
i am rajesh. i long time trying to english.but now i know english

i am kishor kumar, i am trying to learn english, but i not get, i joined some institutes, but i'm not, pls give some suggestion's.

i unable to write and read please help me

i have a job concerning with marketing dept,due to week power of english language i have no confidance to sale or introduce our comp products.
plse help me.

I know little bit in english. But i dont know tense please help me.

dear sir,
I dont know good english, Mostly teans & gramar.pls help me .
i am weating for your ans.

Regards,
Saanu

Please help me important spokenenglish with grammar.I must be liked english very much.
I don't speach english fluently and strongly. So consider my comments

Respected sir,
I am duing B.C.A course but i can't speak english proparly pls help me

hi..i want to learn how to speak english..coz sometimes ive just tried to speak in english but m shy coz its very wrong in grammar like this...

pls help me to learn...i cant speak in english..
tnx!!god bless u!!

Try BBC English listen. Helps me lot. I have attached the short cut here. Regards

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i am suresh, i am tring to learn english but i not get, i joined some institues but i am not,please give some suggestion's

hi...
please halpe me how to wirat english coractly, becuase it's my problem in english, and for pronancation also

i am anita i am tring to learn english but i not get, i joined some institues but i am not,please give some suggestion's

Iam working in mnc i can not speak in english. so i miss promotions

i m a science person so i can not speek english frequently, so plz learn me


i am in sales manager in private concern.but i can not speak in english in frequntly.and than i loose so many jobs in this problam. please .......

I hope you will make me learn spoken English grammar easily.

hello,
sir, i am studen.and my problem is (i am not speak and write english)i am very nervous.plz help me in spoken english
plz sir..............................................................................................thanks
MUHAMMAD AZEEM

hello,
sir, i am studen.and my problem is (i am not speak and write english)i am very nervous.plz help me in spoken english
plz sir..............................................................................................thanks
MUHAMMAD AZEEM

i've finished my post graduate in village but i couldn't speak fluent English, i want to develop it. pls help me

hello sir,
i am engineer i cannot speak english i want develop it help me

Hai,

I am Working at IT Dept. But, I'm studying in Tamil medium (Currospondense). So, Plz give some suggestion's. I like the English Language But, I can't how to speak in English.Plz help me......

P.SEKAR...

please help me speak to english

pls help how to improve my gramar in speaking english


HI,
I held at B.A in my hometown. I studied in telugu medium so,i couldn't communicate with people in proper way. I have vocablary probleam in English for that plese suggest me.


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Hi,
i m MBA student. i cannot speak english.how to improve my grammar in speaking english plz help me

Hi,friends
i want learn english pls help how tow toch the english

please i want to teach the spoken English,so please help for me

if you have command on your own language then you speak other(English) very well. but in the mater of speakng gramer is not big fact.but if you have a command on gramer then you speak very well.

Guys & Gals, the only way to get comfortable with writing and speaking in English (or any other language) is to do a lot of reading and listening. Your skills in expressing yourself in your own language would be a big help also. Pick up an English newspaper (or visit a news website) and read news stories and articles that are of interest to you, be it politics, cinema, sports, science or whatever else. Also, watch movies and listen to radio shows that can get you used to the spoken language. Whether you are reading or listening, pay attention to the way an idea or opinion is expressed.. sentence construction, accent, terms used etc. Keep a dictionary handy and make it a habit to lookup any new words that you come across. Finally, remember this: Don't focus too much on mastering the accent. As you develop the technical abilities to properly express yourself in English (words & grammar), you would subconsciously pickup the fluency through the process due to familiarity of sounds. It is also important not to mimic someone else's accent and to speak comfortably in your own accent. Good Luck!

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want to improve my grammar, tense and vocabulary ple.ase help me. what i want to improve most is pronoucing of words

i am profesoinal graduate but i cannot able to speak an english .How can speak english please tell me ok

i want to know how can i improve my spoken english
its creates more problem for my personal and official work

Hi,
my name is rumi. I am graduate, but idon't speak to english, so kindly plz help me &any solution

hi, this is nirosha

Now i'm doing work. i can't speak in english. i'm also shy type. very confusion in grammer. please give me some suggestion, how to improve my english.

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Grammar is very over-rated. There's a new book out that sidesteps grammar and focuses on the productive skills of speaking, reinforced with journal writing. In fact it's the first ever interactive, "multi-touch" textbook, a resource designed to maximize oral output in the classroom, has just been published for iPad. You can find out more by visiting http://www.speekeezy.ca/ or you can just download the free sample on iTunes. It's also available in traditional paper.

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