Teaching‎ > ‎

Engl. 331

The Structure of Modern English: Sentences and Their Uses

Course Description

This course focuses on the structure of modern English beyond the level of the word. We study how words and phrases are combined in English sentence structure (syntax) from a generative perspective. Our focus will be on both simple and complex sentences. We will also study meaning in sentences (sentence semantics) and how language functions in context (pragmatics).

Course evaluation: There will be 3 tests of equal weight (31%) and a class participation mark of 7%. The tests are not cumulative. A variety of in-class, homework and test questions will be given, including problem solving, short answer, and multiple choice questions, but the emphasis will be on representing English sentence structure diagramatically.

Required Text: L. Brinton and D. Brinton. (2010) The Linguistic Structure of Modern English. (2nd ed.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Chapters 7-11.

No previous linguistics or language course is required. ENGL 330 is not a prerequisite for ENGL 331 but is recommended.

N.B. This course is not open to students who have taken ENGL 329.

The Structure of Modern English
Engl. 331 002
2019-2020 Term 2

Room: Math 203
Professor: Jessica de Villiers

Tues/Thurs: 2:00-3:30

Subpages (1): Engl. 331 Resources