The Grammar of English:
Morphology and Syntax for English Teachers in Southeast Asia

David H Deterding and Gloria R Poedjosoedarmo

Singapore: Prentice Hall.    ISBN : 0-13-096011-X

This book introduces the grammar of English in straightforward language that is suitable for nonspecialist readers, particularly English teachers.

The first chapters introduce the basic concepts of word formation, phrases and clauses using the same pedagogical model of grammar that most teachers will encounter in their classroom materials. Then there is an introduction to Functional Grammar, which considers how sentences fit together to form coherent texts. Finally, there are three short chapters considering Chomsky's model of grammar, to allow teachers to be aware of some modern developments in grammar theory.

In addition, there is one chapter each on the grammar of Singapore English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and Tagalog.

This book is designed for teachers in Asia, especially Southeast Asia, so particular attention has been devoted to ensure it is relevant for students in this region.


  1. Introduction
  2. Morphology
  3. Word Classes
  4. Verbs
  5. Nouns, Adjectives, and Adverbs
  6. Phrases
  7. Objects and Complements
  8. Finite Clauses
  9. Nonfinite Clauses
  10. Functional Grammar: How Language Works in Context
  11. The Grammar Experience: Grammatical and Semantic Roles
  12. The Grammar of the Message: Thematic and Information Structure
  13. Sentence Types and Grammatical Processes
  14. The Grammar of Interpersonal Exchanges: Communicatice Acts and Speech Roles
  15. Complex Thematic Structures and Miscellaneous Other Unusual Structures
  16. Transformational Grammar
  17. Minimalist Grammar
  18. The Innateness Hypothesis
  19. Singapore English
  20. Mandarin Chinese
  21. The Grammar of Malay
  22. The Grammar of Tagalog
  23. Grammatical Change: Internal vs. External Forces
  24. Grammar and Computers

To obtain this book, access the Asian Originals section of the Pearson-Asia Education Website. The cost of the book (excluding postage) is US$25.95.