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Dhanaiswary
Jaganauth

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L24B: STRUCTURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Semester 1: 2006-2007.

Supplementary
Objectives:
By the end of this course, you should be able to apply the principles and methods of scientific reasoning in your analysis of English sentence structure. In particular, you should be able to discuss the rules governing the selection of structures covered in the semester. Our emphasis will be on English syntax, with some discussion of morphological and phonological patterns where these overlap with syntax.

Course Evaluation

2 in-course tests: (20% each):
  40%
1 two-hour examination:   60%

Topics:

We will be covering the following with reference to the structure of English.
1. Approaches to the analysis of grammar: Descriptive vs Prescriptive; Notional (Traditional) vs Structural; Transformational
2. Basic grammatical terminology & concepts; methods of identifying, defining & classifying grammatical units.
3. Word & Phrase classes. Prototypical and non-prototypical properties. Grammatical functions vs grammatical categories.
4. Structure & types of kernel clauses. Subject & Predicate. Five major patterns of complementation; other types of complement. Adjuncts. Constituent structure.
5. Tense, mood aspect. Voice.
6. Clause types. Prototypical uses. Non-prototypical uses & their illocutionary force.
7. Subordination of clauses. Structure & types. Finite & non-finite. Embedding within a variety of structures.
8. Non-kernel sentences and their relation to kernel sentences. Passive Voice. Subject-Complement in copulative clause. Extraposition. Existential construction. Cleft construction.


 
     
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