Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Lambert, Tom
Discipline and Number
LIT 3332 Section 001
TR Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
English Syntax and Mechanical Structure

Description of Course:

What does it mean say we “know English?” As speakers of English we effortlessly utilize a complex, rule-based system of grammar (syntax) while remaining unaware of its elegance and detail. This course will reveal this system used every day to communicate our experience, desires, and imagination. Students will learn about the basic systems which comprise English grammar and to be able to make these systems explicit to others. The field of syntax attempts to construct a set of rules by which we build words into phrases, phrases into clauses, and clauses into larger clauses and sentences.

Required Texts:

Required Textbooks and Materials:
Klammer, Thomas P., Shulz and Della Volpe. Analyzing English Grammar 6th Edition ISBN-13: 978-0-205-68594-3, Pearson 2009.

Suggested Course Materials:

Gucker, P. Essential English Grammar. Dover Publications 1966.

Truss, Lynne, Eats, Shoots and Leaves. New York, Gotham Books, 2003.

Huddleston, R. and Geoffrey Pullum, A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge U Press, 2005.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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