Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Strunk & White vs. Huddleston & Pullum

In a comment to an earlier post about Geoffrey K. Pullum's scathing screed about The Elements of Style, Brendan writes of Pullum, "this guy is wound a little too tight when he starts feeling 'grammatical angst.'" 

I think Brendan's on to something. The picture above offers a nice comparison between Strunk and White's little volume and the one that Pullum wrote on grammar, with Rodney Huddleston. 

I guess after writing 1,860 pages that "outline and illustrate the principles that govern the construction of words and sentences...without recommending or condemning particular usage choices," one might get a little testy about a 128-page pamphlet that recommends and condemns at will and has been selling nonstop since 1959.

I'm glad my department owns a copy of Pullum and Huddleston's Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. That $161.42 price tag is a bit steep for my personal budget.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Um, Huddleston and Pullum have a smaller book that summarizes the CGEL for a more general audience:

A Student's Introduction to English Grammar