The Grammar Book

  • AUTHORS: Diane Larsen-Freeman; Marianne Celce-Murcia
  • CONTRIBUTORS: Jan Frodesen; Benjamin White; Howard Williams
  • ISBN-13: 9781111351861 
  • 864 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 3rd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 1999, 1983
  • ©2016     Published
  • List Price = $ 98.95 | College Wholesale (Net) Price $74.75
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About The Product

The Grammar Book introduces teachers and future teachers to English grammatical constructions. This highly acclaimed text, used both as a course book and as a grammar reference guide, is suitable for all teachers of English.  What sets it apart from other grammar books is its unique pedagogical focus: It describes not only how each grammatical construction is formed, but also its meaning and its use. Grammar is seen to be a resource for making meaning in textually and socially appropriate ways. 


  • Updated explanations of the form, meaning, and use of grammatical constructions, which draw on new research findings, especially from cognitive linguistics (for meaning) and corpus linguistics (for use)
  • Contrastive information that alerts teachers to possible cross-linguistic influence and helps teachers to identify the learning challenges of their students
  • Increased accessibility of the grammatical descriptions to guide teachers to address their students' learning challenges
  • New applications in the form of teaching suggestions, exercises, and further readings

About the Contributor

  • Diane Larsen-Freeman

    Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita of Education, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, and Former Director of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Dr. Larsen-Freeman has been a conference speaker in over 60 countries of the world and has published over 100 articles in her areas of interest. Her Heinle/Cengage titles include "The Grammar Book: Form, Meaning, and Use for English Language Teachers" (third edition, 2015, co-authored with Marianne Celce-Murcia), "From Grammar to Grammaring" (2003, authored), and the fourth edition of "Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use" (2007, Series Director). From 1980–1985, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was Editor of the journal "Language Learning." In 1997, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999, she was selected by ESL Magazine as one of "the ESL pioneers." In 2000, she received the lifetime achievement award from Heinle & Heinle.

  • Marianne Celce-Murcia

    Marianne Celce-Murcia (Ph.D. in Linguistics, 1972) is Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics and TESL at the University of California, Los Angeles, where for 30 years she taught primarily graduate students, preparing to be language teachers and researchers. Beyond her work at UCLA, she taught in and administered English language programs in Nigeria (1964–1966), Egypt (Fall, 1980), Canada (Summer, 1983), and Armenia (2003–2007). She has lectured and led workshops all over the U.S. and in many other countries as well. In addition to her co-authorship (with Diane Larsen-Freeman) on the three editions of "The Grammar Book," she is co-editor (with Donna Brinton and Marguerite Ann Snow) of the fourth edition of "Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language" (2014) and series co-editor (with Maggie Sokolik) of the five-volume, content-based "Grammar Connection" series (2008–2009), all with Cengage Learning, who (as Heinle & Heinle) presented her with their lifetime achievement award in 1997. At UCLA Marianne was honored for distinguished teaching both as a graduate student (1964) and as a professor (1976).

  • Jan Frodesen

    Jan Frodesen (PhD, Applied Linguistics) is Director of English for Multilingual Students in the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate academic English and TESOL. Her research and professional interests include pedagogical grammar, second language writing, academic literacy development, and ESL articulation issues in higher education. She is co-author (with Janet Eyring) of the fourth edition of "Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning and Use 4" (2007).

  • Benjamin White

    Interested in the complexities of language, language learning, and language teaching, Ben has worked as an ESL/EFL teacher and a teacher trainer in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Spain, and the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Studies from Michigan State University and an M.Ed. in Bilingual Education, ESL, and Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At Marshall University, he helped establish a TESOL Area of Emphasis within the English M.A. program and now serves as the Academic Director for the INTO Marshall University Center. Ben’s current research interests focus on the application of cognitive linguistics and sociocultural theory to language instruction.

  • Howard Williams

    Howard Williams teaches in the Applied Linguistics & TESOL Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests lie at the intersection of grammar and pragmatics but include general linguistics, especially as it relates to pedagogical issues. He taught ESL/EFL for 15 years in the U.S. and in Europe before completing his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at UCLA.


Student Supplements

  • The Grammar Book: Softcover Book  (ISBN-10: 1305101790 | ISBN-13: 9781305101791)
    List Price = 92.95  | CengageBrain Price = 92.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = 70.00