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George L. Dillon
ENGL 371
Seattle Campus

English Syntax

Description of sentence, phrase, and word structures in present-day English. Prerequisite: ENGL 370, LING 200 or LING 400.

Class description

For WINTER 2012: The course covers all the grammatical forms and structures of English and several ways to describe and represent (graph, diagram) them. We will cover

* lexical categories (Parts of Speech), * syntactic categories (such as phrases, clauses, tense, and aspect), * grammatical relations, * dependency relations, * constituent structure, * loosely integrated strings of words in the sentence. * connective links between sentences. We will use some of the on-line tools for automated POS tagging and graphing ("diagramming"). By the end of the course, students will be able to describe most of the syntactic structures of English in several ways. In addition, students will be able analyze the cohesion of sentences in connected text.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion of readings. Some computer lab work.

Recommended preparation

No background other than the weeks on morphology and grammar in ENGL 370 or LING 200.

Class assignments and grading

Two 3-4 page papers, midterm and final.

Written work will consist of two 3-4 page papers, a midterm, and final. Selected exercises from the textbooks will be part of the class preparation and participation grade. Each of these will make up about one-fifth of the final grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by George L. Dillon
Date: 10/24/2011