When learning multiple foreign languages, would it be worthwhile investing time into mastering modern grammar theories (generative grammars, construction grammars, etc.) or are those too theoretical for practical use?

I will be particularly interested in the study manuals for specific languages, explaining grammar in theoretical terms (as opposed to the conventional descriptive grammar approach).

Example: Here is one such book that I found Foundations of French syntax by Michael Allan Jones (Cambridge University Press, 1996). This seems to be a grammar aimed at advanced learners of French which in the same time may serve as an introduction to transformational generative grammars as applied to this language (rather than usual English).

  • Could you please reword your question to clarify what its focus is? Do you want to know (a) if learning grammar theory is helpful or (b) where you can find academic descriptions of grammar? These should be two separate questions. Moreover, the second question should cover one language only. – Tsundoku Feb 12 at 15:48
  • I have reformulated the question. Since it is about the methods of learning, I feel that it would be unwise to confine it to a specific language. However, you may want to move it to the linguistics forum. – Vadim Feb 12 at 18:47
  • Don't worry, I'd rather not migrate a question that is on topic here. – Tsundoku Feb 13 at 13:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.