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Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
The Grammar of English Noun Phrases
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Linguistics & English Language|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
What is this course about?
- Taking a different approach to English grammar
- Descriptive rather than theoretical
- Bottom-up rather than top-down
- Becoming a descriptive linguist
- Look at real-language data (usage) with an open mind
- Read different theories/analyses and evaluate them on the basis of data
- Construct the most accurate model and come up with a revised analysis
- And becoming an expert on English noun phrases!
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
Prerequisite: LELA10301 (English Word and Sentence Structure) or LELA10041 (Introducing English Grammar)
The aims of the unit are:
- To examine one area of English Grammar in greater depth, and work towards fine-grained levels of grammatical description.
- to evaluate existing grammatical descriptions against the variety and flexibility of actual language use.
Introduction to using the British National Corpus (first 5 weeks)
- NPs and NP structure
- Types of nouns
- Types of nouns
- Fused heads
Teaching and learning methods
Total of 33 contract hours divided over
- 11 weekly two-hour block of lecture + seminar
- 5 one-hour tutorials (week 1-5) preparing you for the final project
- 1 presentation 'day' in week 11
Knowledge and understanding
- acquire a detailed knowledge of the categories involved in the construction of English noun phrases.
- have read grammatical descriptions of various levels of difficulty concerning nominal categories in English and be able to critically evaluate them.
- be able to undertake a basic corpus-based analysis using the British National Corpus.
- develop skills of problem-solving, building an analysis on the basis of corpus-based data, critically assessing and comparing different descriptions, constructing and refining an argument defending their analysis.
- develop skills in interpreting and synthesising information.
- be able to analyze noun phrases and describe nominal categories, using the descriptive methods developed in the course.
- have learned to perform corpus searches and apply basic qualitative and quantitative analyses.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- develop skills of successful self-directed study and learning, with appropriate time management.
- develop their report writing skills.
Formative or Summative
Weighting within unit (if summative)
Seminar exercises (for discussion, not handed in)
1-2 hrs per week
Exam on lecture/seminar material
1 hour 30 minutes
Original research project: descriptive corpus-based study of a NP-related phenomenon carried out in groups of up to 3 students or individually, assessed by a:
presentation (week 11)
Formative and Summative
15 mins + 5 mins question time
final project report (to be submitted in week 12)
Formative or Summative
Feedback on weekly seminar exercises available in class.
Surgery on individual/group project design and corpus search (week 6)
Individual/group project surgeries (week 10)
BB feedback on presentation (week 12)
Turnitin feedback on project report (within standard feedback period)
Feedback on exam (generic BB feedback, within standard feedback period, on questions with specific answers)
- Payne, John & Rodney Huddleston. 2002. Nouns and noun phrases. Chapter 5 of Rodney Huddleston & Geoffrey K. Pullum et al. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Bache, Carl. 2000. Essentials of Mastering English: A Concise Grammar. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Practical classes & workshops||5|
|Independent study hours|
|Tine Breban||Unit coordinator|