Introduction to basic grammatical concepts and terminology. Specifically intended for students planning to take a foreign language or linguistics. Does not count toward the linguistics major or minor.
Summer 2000 -- This course will provide the student with some fundamental concepts of grammar. The primary goal of the course is to introduce a limited set of basic concepts that can be used to describe and study all languages. We will cover parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, articles, etc.), how words are formed (affixes, etc.) larger phrases (noun phrases, etc.), functions of these phrases (subject, direct object, etc.), and several sentential constructions (passive, active, etc.). We will also discuss phenomena not found in English (gender, agreement, case, etc.). This course will be helpful to students who intend to study or who are currently studying a foreign language.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Required text: Barry, Anita (1998), English Grammar: Language as Human Behavior (Prentice Hall)
Class assignments and grading
Requirements include timely completion of homework, quizzes, a midterm, a project, and a final.