This course is an introduction to the sentence structure (or: syntax) of Present-day English. We will discuss the classification of words into syntactic categories, and how words can be combined into phrases and phrases into sentences. We will introduce the notion of constituent movement and we will also discuss the function of words and phrases in the sentence as well as different verb complementation types.
acquired insight into the grammatical structure of Present-day English;
have some familiarity with methods of linguistic analysis.
The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website
Mode of instruction
2 one-hour lectures per week and 1 two-hour seminar per week.
time spent on attending lectures and seminars: 52 hours
time for studying the compulsory literature: 108 hours
time to prepare for the exam and in-term quizzes: 120 hours
3 in-term quizzes (30%); final written examination (70%). If the in-term quiz average is lower than the written examination mark, only the latter will be taken into account (100%).
If the final grade is 5 or less students may take the resit once and the mark of the resit will constitute 100% of the final grade.
Attendance is compulsory. Unauthorized absence will mean that you cannot take part in the relevant exam(s).
Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.
Noel Burton-Roberts (2011), Analysing sentences: An introduction to English syntax, 3rd edn. Harlow Pearson.
David Crystal (1995), Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language, Cambridge: C.U.P. (2nd edition 2003).
Students cannot register through uSis, but must see the coordinator of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.