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LIN2510

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Prof Kate Burridge

Synopsis

The unit provides a step-by-step account of English grammar from the perspective of the theoretical insights of modern linguistics. It examines the most important English constructions and categories, compares the leading standard and near-standard varieties in these respects, discusses key differences of interpretation, and (briefly) relates language-specific facts and issues to language typology and universals.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to understand the key notions used in the analysis of contemporary English syntax.

  1. Be able to understand the more important aspects of the relationship between syntax and meaning in English.

  1. Be able to apply the notions covered in 1-2 (and to use the relevant terms accurately) in the analysis of 'real' texts, especially with the view to how information is structured in discourse.

  1. Know the key syntactic (and syntactic-semantic) features that distinguish the main standard varieties of English from each other and from other important varieties.

  1. Know the key syntactic (etc.) features that distinguish formal and informal usage.

  1. Know the key syntactic (etc.) features that distinguish different occupational varieties (like Journalese, Legalese, Sports-Announcer Talk etc.).

  1. Be aware of the place of English in respect of the main parameters of syntactic typology.

  1. Have the basis for further study which would enable them to teach English grammar themselves.

Assessment

Written work: 70%
Exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Kate Burridge

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Linguistics

Prerequisites

A first-year sequence in Linguistics.

Prohibitions

LIN3510