English Language and Linguistics
Riley and Parker's English Grammar served as the text in a dual-level course that I teach called The Structure of English. I had not taught this particular class before, and I was very interested in this book because it presents a variety of approaches to grammar in highly accessible language. The book also appeals to me pedagogically because it assumes little or no background knowledge of linguistics generally or even grammar specifically on the students' part. Riley and Parker (R&P) divide the text by theme; that is, the book begins with prescriptive grammar, continues with descriptive grammar and generative grammar, and ends by looking at what R&P call 'performance grammar, composed of sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics; and discourse analysis.
Bramlett, Frank, "Review of English grammar: prescriptive, descriptive, generative, performance by Kathryn Riley and Frank Parker" (2001). English Faculty Publications. 52.