Sadly, Randolph Quirk passed away at the age of 97 on 20 December Tributes to Randolph are being published on our Survey blog , where you can also add your own. Like everyone else, I suppose, I'm very much a product of my background and childhood, the child being father of the man, as Wordsworth said. I was brought up in a farming family to be obsessively enamoured of hard work and to be just as obsessively sceptical about orthodoxies, religious or political. So in retrospect it's easy for me to see why I became such a restless, free-ranging eclectic as I have been. You see, my family was a mixture of catholic and protestant, of anglican and methodist, in an island community where self-consciously Manx values cohabited uneasily with increasingly dominant English values.

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Aarts, F. Burton-Roberts, N. Gramley, S. Greenbaum, S. Huddleston, R. A condensed version of this was published as Huddleston Leech, G. Nelson, G. London: Routledge. Quirk, R. A condensed version was published as Greenbaum and Quirk Wardhaugh, R. Dictionaries Chalker, S. Weiner The Oxford dictionary of English grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Crystal, D. Third edition. Oxford: Blackwell. This dictionary contains terminology from all areas of linguistics, including discourse studies, functional linguistics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, semantics and syntax. It contains both traditional and theoretical terminology.

Eastwood, J. The Oxford guide to English grammar Hurford, J. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. This is an elementary guide to grammatical terminology, with exercises. London: Edward Arnold. This A-Z is a useful dictionary of descriptive grammatical terminology. It contains tables, diagrams, and examples. Trask, R. London and New York: Routledge. This lucidly written book covers grammar in the narrow sense, i. Encyclopedias Asher, R. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

A volume work of reference containing articles written by specialists on language and linguistics. Bright, W. A one-volume work with short entries. Collinge, N. A one-volume encyclopedia with articles on linguistic topics. Not useful for quick reference. A superb and delightful reference work dealing with all aspects of language.

A comprehensive and indispensable book for anyone interested in the English language in all its facets. McArthur, T. Covers the field of English language studies, including usage, style, varieties, the language of literature etc.


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Randolph Quirk

He sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords. His studies began in but were interrupted in by five years of service in Bomber Command of the RAF , [2] where he rose to the rank of squadron leader. Quirk became so deeply interested in explosives that he started an external degree in chemistry, [2] but his English undergraduate studies were completed from to with the department back in Bloomsbury and was then invited to take up a research fellowship in Cambridge; however he took up a counter-offer of a junior lectureship at UCL, which he held until These two disciplines were part of a ten-discipline set of final examinations in the undergraduate syllabus. At that time Old and Middle English, along with History of the English Language, were all compulsory subjects in that course.

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