Topics


Topics to be discussed will include: grammar vs. syntax, the structure of words, lexical and phrasal categories, constituency, phrasal structure, syntactic functions, sentence types, coordination and subordination, finite vs. non-finite clauses, information packaging.

 

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Objectives


This course will provide you with the vocabulary you need to be able to talk confidently about sentences, i.e. the units that make up texts, and it will therefore be of interest to you irrespective of whether you are a language or literature-oriented English Studies student. At the end of the course you should master the relevant terminology, be able to identify categories and functions, and to represent the structure of a sentence in a simple tree diagram.

 

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Organisation


There will be a three-hour combined lecture and interactive exercise session each week.

 

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Assessment


Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. This is made up of two in-class tests (50%), oral contributions in the exercise sessions (10%) and a final term paper (40%).

 

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Texts


Prescribed text
Collins, Peter & Carmella Hollo. 2017. English grammar: An Introduction. 3rd Edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,

Recommended reading
A list will be provided at the start of the course.

 

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Last updated: 11 July 2017