New Textbook for Linguists Released by the SUSU Publishing Centre

At the end of February 2021, a textbook on the “Theory of English Grammar" was released by the Publishing Centre of South Ural State University. The author of the textbook is the Head of the Department of Linguistics and Translation Studies of the Institute of Linguistics and International Communications, Doctor of Sciences (Philology) Tamara Khomutova.

The publication is unique and necessary for linguists. All topics of the textbook are considered in the light of the latest achievements of Russian and foreign linguistics. The author presents an innovative vision of certain grammar issues around which the discussions in the linguistic community unfold.

Theoretical grammar issues have always been in the centre of attention for linguists. This is due to the fact that grammar is an integral part of any language, its foundation. And although modern linguistics has accumulated a large theoretical and practical material in the field of English grammar, unfortunately, until now there has not been a textbook for students that would summarize and generalize the scientific achievements of Russian and foreign scientists, briefly and systematically set out the content of the discipline "Theoretical Grammar" in accordance with the requirements of then federal state educational standards in linguistic fields.

This edition has filled this gap. The course is based on the analysis of classical and modern sources of Russian and foreign scientists, as well as on the author's own research. The course provides a systematic description of the grammatical structure of modern English. At the same time, along with the traditional sections of grammar, such as morphology and syntax, close attention is paid to the issues of a text and discourse that are of interest at the present stage of the development of linguistics.

The proposed course of theory of modern English grammar is based on lectures given by the author over more than the past twenty years at the Faculty of Linguistics (which is now part of the structure of the Institute of Linguistics and International Communications) of South Ural State University, the Faculty of Linguistics and Translation of the Chelyabinsk State University and the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University, at present is known as South Ural State Humanitarian Pedagogical University.

The textbook is in English, the language of international communication, which allows to bring the author's innovative ideas to a wide international audience, use it in the educational process on programs taught completely or partially in English.

This edition is indispensable for the development of creative scientific thinking of students, the development and expansion of the skills to extract and assimilate scientific information, independently observe and analyse language processes and phenomena based on the knowledge gained. The textbook is not only able to help students master the course of theoretical English grammar, but can also give them the opportunity to improve their communicative competencies, which will allow them to succeed both in intercultural communication and in life itself.

On April 23-24, 2021, the textbook will be presented to the Russian and foreign colleagues at the book fair of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the 5th International Scientific Conference “Magic of INNO: Linguistics and Linguodidactics in a Changing Coordinate System”. We have no doubt that the textbook will receive the highest marks from the conference participants, specialists in the field of linguistics, translation, linguodidactics and intercultural communication.

We would also like to use this opportunity and congratulate the author Tamara Khomutova, Head of the Department of Linguistics and Translation Studies of the Institute of Linguistics and International Communications, Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation, awarded the second-class Medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland, on her birthday anniversary.

We wish Tamara Khomutova further creative success in her scientific work, pedagogical activity in training highly qualified Russian and international specialists in the field of linguistics and philology, and excellent health, well-being and festive mood!

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