LING400 English Structures

20 Nov 2017 - 18 Feb 2018
LING400-17SU2 (D) (distance)

This course is an intensive introduction to the linguistic structures of English, covering pronunciation (phonetics & phonology) and grammar (syntax & semantics). A key feature of the course is one of comparison - in part one we compare pronunciation systems across varieties of English and other languages, and in part two we compare the sentence structure of English to that of other languages. This course will be valuable for anyone planning to teach English as an additional language, or those who want a detailed introduction to the analytical tools linguists use to study English and other languages.

LING400 English Structures is a postgraduate-level introduction to the linguistics of English. It is intended for anyone who would like to understand more about the formal linguistic structures of English, including its pronunciation and grammatical systems. The course will be valuable for anyone who has a professional interest in the English language (e.g. English teachers, teachers of other languages, speech and language therapists) and/or anyone who would like an introduction to some of the techniques of linguistic analysis.

The course runs from November to February. The whole course is taught entirely online, so there is no need to be present on campus at the University of Canterbury, but everyone who enrols in the course will be expected to have reliable internet access.

The course content will be delivered by combinations of video lectures, slides with audio commentary, extended handouts, readings, and other materials. All materials will be accessible via UC’s online platform, Learn. The course is taught asynchronously, which means that course materials are uploaded to Learn for students to access in their own time, and there are no required real time lectures or tutorials when you have to be available online. Of course, there will be regular deadlines, by which given parts of the course need to be covered and assessments submitted. There may be some real time interaction in text-based or chat-based tutorials, but these will be extra (e.g. as revision sessions) and timetabled to accommodate students’ availability, where possible.

Part 1 of the course (November-December) covers phonetics and phonology, and Part 2 (January-February) covers syntax and semantics.

Course Coordinators

Heidi Quinn and Kevin Watson


Recommended Reading

Beck, Sigrid , Gergel, Remus; Contrasting English and German grammar : an introduction to syntax and semantics;

Additional Course Outline Information

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