Topics


Topics to be discussed will include: prescription vs. description, the structure of words, lexical and phrasal categories, constituency, phrasal structure, modifiers vs. complements, syntactic functions, sentence types, main vs. subordinate clauses, coordination and subordination, finite vs. non-finite clauses, tense, aspect, modality, 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 will therefore be of interest to you irrespective of whether you are a language or literature-oriented student. At the end of the course you should master the relevant terminology, be able to identify categories and functions, and to analyze the structure of a sentence.

 

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Organisation


There will be a three-hour combined lecture and 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
Aarts, Bas (2011) Oxford Modern English Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Recommended reading
A list will be provided in the first course session.

 

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Last updated: 5 January 2015