Section 1: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00-1:50 PM

Professor: Mai Kuha

The goal of this course is to give students an informed perspective on English sentence structure, leading to an understanding of basic grammatical structure, relationship, and terminology. We also consider sentence structure in the context of discourse.

English majors and minors are considered by the public to be experts about their language and are therefore expected to know the basic concepts and terminology of English sentence structure. Non-English majors benefit from the course in that the study of English sentence structure helps them understand how languages are structured.

Completing this course should enable you to…

o   use writers’ handbooks or other reference materials with ease, having become familiar with grammatical terminology and concepts

o   evaluate the quality of advice that these authorities give you about sentence structure

o   using reference materials, figure out unfamiliar sentence structures by looking for patterns and forming hypotheses

o   using reference materials, decide which analysis fits a sentence best, and say why (this is more useful and creative than relying on an authority)

o   include a greater variety of structures in your writing more effectively and deliberately, and

o   offer a well-informed opinion on sentence structure when your friends or colleagues discuss a linguistic issue, such as some detail in a political speech or an ad for some product.

Specific objectives that you personally may have for this course depend on what career path is ahead for you.

I hope this course will empower you to take ownership of your language!

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