Chapter 4
Nouns, pronouns, and the simple
noun phrase
Getting an Overview of
Chapter 4
Look carefully at page 55. Wow.
Now, remember, this is a reference book. You
need to have read through to have a general
understanding.
But
You are not trying to memorize the whole book.
So, start by
Reading page 55 carefully. Get a sense of how the
chapter is organized and where the authors are
taking us. Note any terminology that you do not
understand.
When you’ve done that reading, we’re ready to look at
the essential information that you need to be sure
you understand this chapter.
Section Summaries
• STOP! Don’t get impatient. You’ll
1. Page 64 Types of Nouns
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77 Types of by
Determiners
3. Pages 84-85 Number and case in nouns
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Page 92 Gender and the formation of nouns
101 Types of Pronouns
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Table 4.1 (p. 65)
Table 4.2 (p.
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Types of Nouns
• Nouns as a word class…various sub-groups
– Based on meaning: concrete vs. abstract
– Based on grammar: count vs. noncount
• As an ESL/EFL teacher, the most
important information here is about count
& noncount because forming noun phrases
with them can be tricky.
– So, let’s look at the top of page 57 and at
section 4.2.2.
Count & Noncount
• Count Nouns
– Singular
• book, child
– Plural
• books, children
• Noncount Nouns
– Not singular & not
plural
– “this kinda stuff”
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Rice
Music
Knowledge
Homework
News
Culture & Counting
• “Countability is partly a matter of how we view
the world, rather than how the world really is.”
(p. 57)
• Words can be countable in other languages and
not in English.
– In Japanese, the word for “homework” is countable:
Children turn in their homeworks.
• Words can be countable in other version of
English and not in U.S. English.
– In Indian English, the word chalk is countable. Teachers
can have 2 chalks.
Lists of Noncount Nouns
• Many words can be either count or noncount depending on
their meaning:
– I like coffee. (noncount)
– I bought a coffee at Starbucks. (singular count noun)
• However, most words have typical uses…used more as
noncount than count or used more as count than noncount
• Tea: typically used as noncount: “I like tea.”
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In Bank of English’s 450,000,000 words
Tea is used 26,332 times!
A tea = 922 times
Teas = 1115 times
Merrily we go along….
• You need to read carefully everything
you
can
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and getand
to section B on
Determiners
noncount nouns
We’re at a hugely important topic for
• You ESL/EFL
can just
flip through
the pages
Teachers
and Our Students.
on other noun categories
to know
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Determiners
• Determiners determine noun meaning. For
example, think about how the meaning of a noun
like book changes with different determiners:
– His book
– Her book
– That book
• The basic noun phrase often involves the
So, make a note
combination: determiner + noun
To remember
• What to read here?
The importance of
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Why so many determiners?
What’s going on?
What are determiners really about?
What is it that we are doing when we make
selections from among this really large
system of words?
• Come on….come on….it’s on the tip of your
tongue. There are a lot of different
That is,
determiners because we…..
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nouns!
& Noun meaning
Definite vs. Indefinite
Generic vs. Specific
• These terms are used to talk about the meanings
of the various combinations of determiners and
noun
• The terms are used especially to separate out the
meanings involved with the articles
– Indefinite and specific: I bought an apple in the
cafeteria.
– Generic: An apple is a type of fruit.
– Definite and specific: The apple on the table is for my
lunch.
– Generic: The apple is an important agricultural product.
– Indefinite and specific: I bought some bread at the
Market.
– Generic: Bread is a staple food in many countries.
Reference categories
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Another way that linguists talk about meaning is to focus on meaning in
context….and the ways that whole pieces of communication are tied
together.
As we communicate in speech and in writing…
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sometimes we Two
say things
thatAssociated
point ahead toTerms
what’s coming next.
Other
sometimes we say things that point back to what happened or was said before.
sometimes we talk about things that are happening right there as part of the
Cohesion:
how
ties
a at
passage
together:
using
conversation
and grammar
we kinda just
point
the person
or object to
indicate what
we’re talking about.
pronouns and other grammar to tie sentences together
These different ways of making connections are talked about in terms of
“reference.” Look at the A, B, C, etc., headings on pages 70-71
Coherence:
conventional
organization
& culturaland
expectations
• It’s worthhow
taking
some time to
learn this information
these terms
because theytie
show
up
all
over
the
place
in
linguistics
and
various
other
a passage together: the storyline
related fields (socio, psycho, SLA, etc.)
Anaphoric
• Looking back….
– Pronouns are used for anaphoric reference.
They connect back to previous nouns.
• (like in these 2 sentences: they connects back to
pronouns)
– The is often used for anaphoric reference, too.
• Look at the examples on page 70. You can see how
the refers back….and thus helps to tie the passage
together. That’s an example of grammatical
cohesion.
Cataphoric
• This type of
reference looks
ahead….you say
something that
anticipates something
new.
• Check their examples
on page 71 to see how
the catapults the
meaning ahead…and
suggests that there’s
more to come.
Situational
• The situations can be local and immediate:
– In a classroom, we talk about the door, the chairs, the
board, etc.
– Larger settings: the sun, the moon, the president, the
city council members
• Nice example:
– Take a look at #8 on page 71 when mis-communication
takes place. That’s really nice to see because it does
happen to us all the time when we assume that the
context is shared when it isn’t. ESL/EFL teachers and
students have similar experiences all the time!
Number & Case & Gender
• Number, case, & gender are old and
traditional grammar terminology.
• And these 3 terms are still very commonly
used today to help us think about the
characteristics of English.
• However, because they were developed in
analysis of languages like Latin and Greek
the terms are not always a completely
useful fit with English. So, we’ll proceed
carefully.
Number
Number
= count = singular or plural nouns &
pronouns
Regular count nouns: book, books
Irregular count nouns: child, children
Number
in pronouns:
I, we
There’s contrast
useful information
about noun spelling
for irregular
plurals on pages 78-79. You do not need to
memorize all that information although you probably know
a lot of the words already. As an ESL/EFL/ESOL teacher,
you do need to know that
the categories exist and where to get the details to use
for vocabulary development for your students!
Case
• Case involves
– changes in form to indicate changes in grammatical function.
For example, a language can have one version of a word for the
subject of a sentence and another version of a word for the
direct object. These are often called “subjective” or
“nominative” and “objective” or “accusative” case.
You’ll sometimes
studies
Pronouns
have
moreread
case
forms than
nouns.
– Other
types
are
“dative”
for linguistic
indirect
objects
and “genitive”
that
the term
“case” for
thehe,
“grammatical
meaning”
for use
possessive
forms.
Subjective:
she,
I, we
of forms.
Just
realize
that
the
linguist
NOTLook at
– Well,
now, what
case
forms
do
we me,
haveusin does
English?
Objective:
her,
him,
these think
sentences:
that
Englishher,
nouns
Genitive:
his,have
my, case
our forms
• The teacher
gave when
the homework
to the students.
But that
used in sentences
• The
students
thanked
themeanings
teacher for
the homework.
noun
phrases
on the
associated
with
Nouns
havetake
possessive
or genitive
case forms.
– English nounssubject
do not change
form
when they move from one
or object
position.
Pat’s
grammar
students
have
questions
about
case.
grammatical function to another. Subject
forms
are the same
as object forms.
– However, we do have noun forms for the possessive….the
“genitive” case:
• The teacher’s suggestions helped her students with their
homework.
Genitive &
ESL/EFL/ESOL
• You’ll have to teach students how to form
and use the possessive.
• They have to learn grammar and also
Also,
you’ll want to go to the BIG
spelling and
pronunciation.
Longman Grammar of Spoken & Written English
• So, read through
examples
To get morethe
information
to use and the
In materials,
and curricular
headings
to get lessons,
a general
senseplans.
of the
resources here. You’ll be coming back to
these pages a lot in your teaching career.
Of-phrase vs. Genitive
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•
•
•
Pages 82-85 are really really
important.
You and your students will
struggle with this material. When
to use ‘s? When to use of?
Lots of what is in grammar
textbooks is not accurate. You
need to do some studying to be
sure that you are teaching your
students the real thing.
The Longman grammars….the
student grammar and the Big
grammar…are based on research
into how English is used. You can
trust this information.
Make a note
To study
This content!
Grammatical Gender
• Section D of Chapter 4 begins with this
statement: “Gender is not an important
grammatical category in English.” (p. 85)
Those differences are
• English pronouns
have
gender
In the
meaning
of thebased
words forms: she vs.
he
Not in anything to
Do with grammatical
GRAMMATICAL
gender
Forms.
• There are no
classes for
nouns.
• WHAT?!! What about the difference between
man and woman or boy and girl? Isn’t that
gender?
Grammatical Gender &
ESL/EFL/ESOL
• You need to recognize when students from
languages like French, Spanish, &
Portuguese are having trouble with English
because they are applying grammatical
gender from their L1 to English.
• You might see students from Chinese
backgrounds struggling to keep the
pronoun forms under control….using he
when to mean she. It’s really more of a
vocabulary development problem than a
grammar problem. (Although keeping
grammar and vocabulary separated is
often not wise or necessary.)
Gender Bias
• You might need this information in your
own academic writing since APA style
requires that we avoid biased language in
our academic writing.
• You might also need to teach students how
to use appropriate language in their
academic writing and to understand the
cultural values that lie behind these
grammatical decisions.
Noun Formation
• Pages 88-91 are just the kind of material that we
need to remember we can find in a reference
grammar.
• We can use this information for vocabulary
development.
• Be sure to notice the register differences that
they have found. So that learning these words
can be put into correct contexts.
• Also pay a lot of attention to their frequency
data. While there are many affixes on the lists
on pages 89 and 90, Figure 4.6 suggests that we
should focus our teaching on a much smaller list.
Pronoun Types
• What do you need to know?
• You need to know the names for the types
and some examples.
• You need to know about the use of these
forms in different registers. So look at
the figures carefully and read the
explanations that go with the figures
carefully.
Now What?
• Read the chapter.
• Listen to and read the other parts of my lecture
on WebCT.
• Do the quizzes.
• Make notes about any of the information that
might be important for your paper.
• Email me with your questions. Remember that I
want to hear about what you do NOT
understand…your questions about the parts of the
chapter that confuse you.
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