Structure of English


This course examines the sound systems of English (phonetic and phonological) and the syntactic structure of simple and complex English sentences.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic mechanisms of production and classification of speech sounds;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the phonological principles of contrast, complementary distribution and free variation;

3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse English clause structures;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the semantic and functional correlates of particular grammatical structures.


Topics to be covered include:

  • Production, description and classification of English speech sounds
  • Principles of contrast, complementary distribution and free variation exemplified in the sound patterns of English
  • Aspects of English sentence structure: review of simple clause structure; subordination (relative clauses, content clauses, comparatives); coordination and apposition; adverbials

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Contact Hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

(or equivalent by distance mode)