Grammar and Context: considers how grammatical choices influence and are influenced by the context in which communication takes place examines the interaction of a wide variety of contexts -- including socio-cultural, situational and global influences includes a range of different types of grammar -- functional, pedagogic, descriptive and prescriptive explores grammatical features in a lively variety of communicative contexts, such as advertising, dinner-table talk, email and political speeches gathers together influential readings from key names in the discipline, including: David Crystal, M.A.K. Halliday, Joanna Thornborrow, Ken Hyland and Stephen Levey. The accompanying website to this book can be found at http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415310814/
Ann Hewings is a lecturer in the excellent Centre for Language and Communications at the OU and has been developing the new OU grammar course (so she's in touch with current developments). Martin is a senior lecturer in the English for International Students Unit at the University of Birmingham. He is an established ELT author with a strong reputation.