Syntactic Structure of English

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Syntactic Structure of English

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Education, Grammar

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Plan

    In this course, we learn how to analyze English constructions, based on the modern syntactic theory (i.e., Chomskian syntax). Students will find that sentences and phrases have hierarchical structures and their formation is constrained by general rules and principles. The linguistic study of English is based on scientific reasoning and methodology. This scientific understanding of English will broaden and deepen your knowledge of English in an interesting and systematic way.

    Course Objectives
    Goals are: 1) To understand that English is structured;
    2) To study modern linguistic/scientific methods to analyze English constructions; and,
    3) To prepare for the test for the secondary public school teachers of English.

    A. Larson, R. 2010. Grammar as Science, The MIT Press.
    B. Chung, T. (???). 2008. ????? (2nd ed.), ????? ???.

    Weekly Comments. Students are required to write up ten comments throughout the semester (five comments before the midterm exam and the rest until the final exam). Each comment amounts to one point. This assignment must be posted onto EKU by the Sundays of the designated week. Late submission will reduce the score by 20%. Because accidents do happen, students are recommended to post their comments in advance.
    Students can simply write up a short summary or a comment on the designated reading. Or, students can post a question and its probable answer if you come across something unclear. The length should be within a paragraph (the word count limit is 50-ish; less than 100).
    This task is designed to prepare students for upcoming lectures and to help them involved in active learning. Therefore, make sure that grades of your comments will be based on their punctual submissions only.

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