Grammar of English

Subject LING20011 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 12.5 points at first year in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics or one of the Faculty of Arts’ Interdisciplinary Foundation (IDF) subjects
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Formerly available as 175-236, 175-336 and 672-399. Students who have completed 175-236 or 175-336 or 672-399 Grammar of English are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Jean Mulder


Subject Overview:

This subject is a detailed examination of the major elements of English grammar using principles of linguistic analysis. Students learn to identify and describe the main morphological and syntactic constructions in English including parts of speech. basic sentence structure. tense, aspect, and mood. clause type. negation. complex sentences. thematic systems. the relations between sentences in discourse. and ellipsis and coordination.

  • demonstrate a firm understanding of the major elements of English grammar.
  • identify and describe the main morphological and syntactic constructions in English using appropriate terminology and techniques of linguistic analysis.
Assessment: Eight sets of tutorial exercises totalling 10% (due over the course of the semester), two 1000-word assignments, 25% each (due mid-semester and at the end of semester) and a 2-hour examination 40% (during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts:
  • A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (Huddleston and Pullum) Cambridge University Press 2005 or
  • English Grammar: An Introduction 2nd ed. (Collins and Hollo) Palgrave 2009
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop their skills in critical thinking and analysis through tutorial discussion and completion of analytical exercises.
  • develop their skills in thinking creatively and in theoretical terms through forming judgements and arguments from data and by critical analysis.
Notes: Formerly available as 175-236/336. Students who have completed 175-236 or 175-336 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies
English Language Studies Major
Linguistics && Applied Linguistics
Linguistics && Applied Linguistics Major
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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