Number of credits: 20
Module content: This module provides a selective introduction to different aspects of English grammar, both written and spoken; equips students with methods of description and analysis of English;introduces students to methodological tools which will allow them to investigate grammatical patterns and uses; helps students to explore a range of relationships between grammar and other aspects of linguistics, e.g. lexis, semantics, text analysis and gives students insights into the relationship between the study of grammar and its application in various fields, e.g. language pedagogy, and translation studies.
The module extends students knowledge of English grammar as applied to speech and writing. In considering written grammar, extensive reference will be made to functional grammar. In considering spoken grammar, extensive reference will be made to Carter and Mccarthy’s Cambridge Grammar of English. Specifically the module introduces grammatical terms and definitions; explores aspects of syntax; explores the relationship between syntax and semantics (ideology, metaphor, loanwords, variations in grammar, global English, gender, language variety, dialect, ethnicity); explores beyond the sentence (discourse analysis) and explores grammar and applications (pedagogy, translation)
Assessment: Assessment is via a written assignment of 4,000 words plus appendices to be submitted at the end of the teaching period (see assessment package for exact date). For their assignment, students choose a specific topic or piece of linguistic data to research or analyse according to the tools suggested in the units, under the guidance of the module tutor.
Bloor, T & Bloor, M (2004) An Introduction to Functional Grammar Hodder Arnold
Carter, R, Hughes, R, & McCarthy M (2000) Exploring Grammar in Context Cambridge University Press
Carter, R (2005) Language and Creativity Routledge
Thompson, Geoff (2004 2nd edn) Introducing Functional Grammar London: Hodde