Grammar for Everyone - LING3120

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Laura Bailey checkmark-circle

Overview

This module will introduce students to key concepts in grammar, especially as exemplified by Latin and English and with reference to an 'adopted' language of the student’s choice. The module will cover topics such as verbal tense and aspect, nominal case and gender, agreement, and word order. Students will be provided with the terminology and skills to describe these concepts as they encounter them in language samples. Students will not be required to learn the Latin language, but to understand the grammatical features they encounter during the course of the module. Students will also learn about the development and meaning of grammatical terminology. A key theme throughout will be social justice and equality, and students will learn how grammar is not neutral, and the choices we make about what to prioritise and what to study are not without consequences in the real world. Skills and knowledge gained on this module will be of use in language learning and in linguistic description and analysis, and for that reason it is recommended for those taking modules in English Language and Linguistics, Modern Languages, Classical and Archaeological Studies, or Ancient History.

Details

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Mini-assessment 1 (equivalent to 300 words) – 10%
• Mini-assessment 2 (equivalent to 300 words) – 10%
• Take-home Assignment 1 (equivalent to 600 words) – 20%
• Take-home Assignment 2 (1,500 words) – 60%

Reassessment methods

• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Fought, C. (2006). Language and Ethnicity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Goldman, N. & Szymanski, L. (1993). English Grammar for Students of Latin. Ann Arbor, MI: Olivia & Hill Press.
Hovdhaugen, E. (1982). Foundations of Western Linguistics: From the Beginning to the End of the First Millenium A.D. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
Morwood, J. (1999). A Latin Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Oniga, R, & Schifano, N. (2007). Latin: A Linguistic Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ritchie, H. (2013). English for the Natives. London: John Murray.
Seely, J. (2013). Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Weber, J.J. (2014). Language Racism. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge of key grammatical concepts;
2 Use grammatical terminology correctly;
3 Interpret and describe language data (with accompanying gloss and translation where appropriate);
4 Apply their grammatical knowledge to the comparative analysis of English and other languages;
5 Demonstrate awareness of the biases inherent in reading lists and curricula.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate their ability to handle unfamiliar data;
2 Demonstrate their analytical skills;
3 Demonstrate their problem-solving skills;
4 Demonstrate their time-management skills;
5 Demonstrate their written fluency.

Notes

  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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