2 SPR Linguistics Electives in ENGL Dept: ENGL 371 and ENGL 374

ENGL 371 English Syntax Dillon T Th 10:30-12:20

Description of sentence, phrase, and word structures in present-day English. Prerequisite: ENGL 370, LING 200 or LING 400.
The course covers all the grammatical forms and structures of English and several ways to describe and represent (graph, diagram) them. We will cover * lexical categories (Parts of Speech), * syntactic categories (such as phrases, clauses, tense, and aspect), * grammatical relations, * dependency relations, * constituent structure, * loosely integrated strings of words in the sentence. * connective links between sentences. We will use some of the on-line tools for automated POS tagging and graphing (“diagramming”). By the end of the course, students will be able to describe most of the syntactic structures of English in several ways. In addition, students will be able analyze the cohesion of sentences in connected text. Two 3-4 page papers, midterm and final.

ENGL 374: The Language of Literature Moore MW 1:30-3:20

This course investigates the ways that literary texts structure and use language. Employing tools from linguistics and stylistics, we will analyze aspects of literary texts: sound, meter, lexicon, discourse structure, style, pragmatic strategies, varieties of English, and narrative orientation. Texts will be drawn from several literary genres: fiction, poetry, and drama. Over the term, we will develop and use this linguistic “toolbox” to construct sophisticated perspectives and arguments about literary texts. Course expectations include two papers, short writing assignments, and several quizzes.


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