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Engl. 321

English Grammar and Usage

This course provides an introduction to English grammar and usage. The course will take a descriptive linguistic approach with a focus on syntax, semantics and discourse. We will begin with the study of basic sentence structure. We will classify parts of speech and identify transitivity patterns and grammatical functions. We will describe in detail the structure of noun phrases and verb phrases, with specific attention to patterns of modification. We will then analyze coordination and subordination in clauses.

Throughout the course, consideration will be given to:

    Developing consciousness of the natural rhythms of language

    Applying knowledge of grammar for self- expression

    Understanding the relevance of grammar for everyday communication and the usefulness of prescriptive rules.

The emphasis will be on learning to do grammatical description and understanding how the rules of English grammar are applied for effective communication.


    Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey Pullum. A Student's Introduction to English Grammar. Paperback. Cambridge University Press. 2005.

Recommended texts:

    The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). (This is available free online through the UBC Library, at http://www.library.ubc.ca. Select Indexes and Databases and enter Oxford English Dictionary. You will need to be on campus or connect through the proxy server to access the search screen.

    Crystal, David. 2003. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Third-year standing and completion of the Writing Requirement. No special pre-requisites are required. ENGL 321 satisfies requirements for the English language major (Category 2, "Structure of the English Language"), the English language minor, and the English literature major ("Optional Restricted Courses"), but not the English literature minor. It (partially) satisfies admission requirements for the secondary teaching programs in English Education and English as a Second Language in the Faculty of Education.


English Grammar and Usage
Engl. 321 001
2017-2018 Term 1

Room: Buchanan D218
Professor: Jessica de Villiers

M/W/F: 2:00-3:00

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