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