Karen T Zagona
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.
Autumn 2008-- This course introduces fundamentals of grammar, with primary emphasis on description of English. We will study properties of parts of speech, the structure of phrases (modifiers and complements), the components of clauses (subject and predicate), types of clauses, types of subordination, and constructions which vary the order or relations of words, such as passive voice. The primary goals of the course are: first, to see that many properties of languages can be described in terms of a limited set of basic concepts, and second, to develop skill in analyzing sentences, using English as an example. Requirements include one midterm, a section/quiz grade, and a final exam. Required text: Lobeck, Anne (2000) 'Discovering Grammar: An introduction to English sentence structure.' Oxford University Press.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
In lectures we will review the main points of the assigned reading, and discuss how concepts apply to additional examples. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and also volunteer answers to questions and problems that I pose.
There are no prerequisites for the course. In order to succeed, students should keep up with assignments and concentrate on learning and practicing the skills that we study. It is difficult to catch up once you get behind.
Class assignments and grading
Each chapter of the text has problems that will be assigned and turned in in Thursday sections.
Grades will be based on a) section grade (homework and participation in section); b) midterm and c) final exam.