The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

Provides the grammatical knowledge necessary for a descriptive analysis of the structure of contemporary English, from the level of word class through phrase structure analysis to the description of complex sentence patterns. On completion of the course students should be able to provide a grammatical analysis of English sentential structure.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe grammatical terminology and levels of grammatical analysis.

2. Explain key grammatical concepts, such as syntactic constituent and embedding of syntactic structure.

3. Examine sentences in terms of word classes, phrase structure, grammatical relations.

4. Apply grammatical knowledge to the analysis of English sentential structure.


Content

A descriptive analysis of the structure of contemporary English. Topics covered will be selected from the following:

  • formal criteria for word class identification
  • properties of phrasal structure
  • analysis of simple clause structures
  • major grammatical categories of the verb: tense, aspect, voice
  • grammatical relations
  • finite and non-finite subordinate clauses
  • interrogative structures

Assumed knowledge

LING1110, LING1100, LING1111 or equivalent knowledge of elementary grammatical terminology.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1 (20%)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2 (20%)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 3 (20%)

Formal Examination: Formal exam - closed book examination (40%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term