6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
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.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will:
- Understand and apply key notions used in the analysis of contemporary English syntax.
- Understand the more important aspects of the relationship between syntax and meaning in English.
- Apply the notions covered in 1-2 to the analysis of 'real' texts, especially with the view to how information is structured in discourse.
- Know the key features that distinguish the main standard varieties of English from each other and from other important varieties.
- Know the key features that distinguish formal and informal usage.
- Know the key features that distinguish different occupational varieties (like Journalese, Legalese, Sports-Announcer Talk etc.).
- Be aware of the place of English in respect of the main parameters of syntactic typology.
- Have the basis for further study to enable them to teach English grammar themselves.
Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Two gateway units in Linguistics