Topics: What is Language? What is grammar?
Grammar and usage.
Descriptive and prescriptive grammar.
For second week:
Read: ORG, Part 1: Introduction, pp. 1-21
Do: "Fumblerules" (handout), second column
Prescriptive and disputed grammar, Exercise
For third week:
Read: ORG, ch. 2, pp.22-41. ch. 3, pp. 42-64
What is a sentence?
Ex on Clause Structure
For fourth week:
Read: ORG, ch. 3 again pp.
Ex on Various Sentence and Clause Patterns
A table of sentence patterns
For fifth week:
Read: ORG, ch. 4
Do: Ex. on Word Classes
Ex on Sentence Type and Discourse Function
For sixth week:
Read: ORG, ch 5, re-read ch 2.5-2.8
Exercises on nouns
For seventh week:
Read: OR, ch 6, 10.1-10.4: Determiners, Pronouns, NP
Exercises on Determiners
For eighth week:
Read: ORG ch 8, 10.5-6, 10.8-10.10, 12.1-12.4: Adjectives, AP
Adjective or Adverb?
Adj Exercise 1
Adj Exercise 2
For ninth week:
Verb Grammar; Tense and Aspect
Read: ORG ch 7, 11: Verbs, VP
Exercises on tense and aspect:
Tense and Aspect
For tenth week:
Mood and Modality
Read: ORG ch 7, 11: Verbs again, VP
mood and modality
Stative and dynamic verbs
Copular, transitive and intransitive verbs
For eleventh week:
Finite and non-finite verb phrases
A list of Phrasal Verbs
Read: ORG 11.18 ff.
For twelfth week:
Read: ORG 8.6-8.8.
Do: Exercises on adverbs
For thirteenth week:
Prepare for Test:
What is Grammar? a sentence, a clause, a phrase, a word?
Which are the constituents/elements of a sentence?
NP: count and non-count nouns, Deteterminers, Modifiers, Pronouns
VP:Tense, aspect, mood, modality, finite and non-finite VPs
Auxiliaries: operators and modal aux
Adjectives: central and other
Adverb(ials): Adjuncts and others
A Guide to Grammar and Writing: Everything from Grammar Quiz to Essay Writing
Oxford English Dictionary Online