Course Listings - Fall 2014
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Engl 317 - Traditional English Grammar
To understand more about how your language works is to understand more about your own mind. This course is about the how English words are constructed and how they are put together into phrases and sentences. It devotes little time to traditional grammatical "errors," for reasons that will be discussed in the course. Instead, we will explore how to recognize and describe a variety of grammatical structures; this will occupy the greatest amount of our time. We will also spend some time on applications of grammatical knowledge in writing, including experimenting with different structures for sentences and longer sequences, and editing for cohesion and coherence. However, this is not primarily a writing course and the emphasis is on analysis more than production. Note on course selection: English 318, Modern English Grammar (offered in the spring), is comparable to this course in subject matter, but differs in that it expects a little more background knowledge, goes into more detail on defining structures, involves diagramming, and pays more attention to linguistic theory and less to writing/editing applications.