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  2. 2. 2CONVENORAssociate Professor Peter CollinsLinguistics ProgramMorven Brown Rm 218Phone: 9385 2307Email: time: Thursday 2-4pmINF O RM ATION AB O UT TH E CO URSE• This course offers a step-by-step account of English grammar covering the most important and central constructions and categories. Reference is made to both the latest theoretical advances in linguistics and significant departures that are made from traditional grammar. Samples of present-day English are analysed and discussed.• The course consists of a 2-hour seminar each week (THURSDAYS 6-8 in Electrical Engineering 218), at which we shall discuss the topics listed under “Course Schedule” below and work through the exercises at the end of each chapter in the textbook.HOW THE COURSE RELATES TO OTHER COURSE OFFERINGSThis is an optional course within the MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL. It is recommendedfor those who wish to learn about the concepts and analytical techniques of contemporarydescriptive English grammar.AIMS OF THE COURSE• To examine the nature and deficiencies of traditional grammar, the distinction between descriptivism and prescriptivism, and the notion of grammatical constituency.• To explore the concepts, assumptions and methodology used by contemporary descriptive grammarians.• To develop participants ability to parse and analyse English sentences.TEACHING STRATEGIESClasses will involve lectures designed to elaborate on and clarify each chapter of thetextbook, and discussion of the textbook exercises.SUGGESTED APPROACHES TO LEARNINGYou will be expected to have read the designated chapter in the textbook each week, and tohave worked through the set exercises, in preparation for class discussion.EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMESAt the conclusion of the course you will be able to:• Recognise the nature and deficiencies of traditional grammar, the distinction between descriptivism and prescriptivism, and the notion of grammatical constituency;• Identify the concepts, assumptions and methodology used by contemporary descriptive grammarians;• Parse and analyse English sentences.
  3. 3. 3CO URSE SCHE DULEWEEK DATE CHAPTER IN TEXTBOOKWEEK 1 31.7.08 CHAPTER 1WEEK 2 7.08.08 CHAPTER 2 + 3WEEK 3 14.08.08 CHAPTER 4WEEK 4 21.08.08 CHAPTER 5WEEK 5 28.09.08 CHAPTER 6 ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE 28th AugustWEEK 6 4.09.08 CHAPTER 7 + 8WEEK 7 11.09.08 CHAPTER 9WEEK 8 18.09.08 CHAPTER 10WEEK 9 25.09.08 CLASS TEST 6-7pm BREAKWEEK 10 9.10.08 CHAPTER 11WEEK 11 16.10.08 CHAPTER 12WEEK 12 23.10.08 CHAPTER 13 NB ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE 30th OctoberNOTE All of these topics will be covered, but there may be some fluidity in the program.ASSE SSMENTThe assessment is designed to reinforce your understanding of the course concepts and abilityto apply grammatical knowledge in the parsing and analysis of English data.ASSESSMENT DUE DATE VALUEAssignment 1 Thursday 28 August 30%Class Test Thursday 25 September 30%Assignment 2 Thursday 30 October 40%RESOURCE STEXTBOOKHuddleston, Rodney, English grammar: an outline. Cambridge: Cambridge UniversityPress, 1988.RECOMMENDEDBiber, Douglas, Susan Conrad and Geoffrey Leech, Longman student grammar of spoken and written English. London: Longman, 2002.Collins, Peter, English grammar. Melbourne: Longman, 1998.Collins, Peter and Carmella Hollo, English grammar: an introduction. London: Macmillan,2000.Greenbaum, Sidney, The Oxford English grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.Greenbaum, Sidney and Randolph Quirk, A student’s grammar of English. London, Longman,1990.Huddleston, Rodney, Introduction to the grammar of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
  4. 4. 4Huddleston, Rodney, English grammar: an outline. Cambridge: Cambridge UniversityPress, 1988.Huddleston, Rodney and Geoffrey Pullum, A student’s introduction to English grammar English language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.Leech, Geoffrey, Margaret Deuchar, and Robert Hoogenraad, English grammar for today: a new introduction. London: Macmillan, 1982.Quirk, Randolph, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik, A comprehensive grammar of the English language. London: Longman, 1985.Wardhaugh, Ronald, Understanding English grammar: A linguistic approach. Oxford: Blackwell, 1995.ADMINIST RATIVE MATTE RSOur Postgraduate Administrative Assistant is:Dr Kayoko EvonMorven Brown Rm 252Phone: 9385 2816Fax: 9385 3493Email: OF STUDENTSRegular attendance at seminars is expected. Participants are to read the relevant chapter in thetextbook before attending seminars and be prepared to discuss the answers to the relevantexercises.SUBMITTING YOUR ASSIGNMENTAssignments should be left by 4.00pm on the due date in the essay box in the School ofLanguages and Linguistics Reception Area (Morven Brown Building, Level 2). You mustensure that all assignments have attached to them a completed Assignment Cover Sheetwhich can be downloaded from the following web page: submitted after the due date will incur a penalty.Please refer to the School Website for information on the School’s policy on submission ofassignments at the link below: ASSIGNMENTSFormal extensions are NOT granted. If you have suffered from illness or encountered seriousmisadventure then you should attach relevant documentary evidence to your assignmentwhen it is submitted. NOTE: time pressure resulting from assignments in other subjects doesnot constitute an acceptable excuse. Late assignments for which no documentation is providedwill attract a penalty: 3% per day for the first week, and 10% per week thereafter).ILLNESS AND MISADVENTUREPlease contact the lecturer if you are experiencing difficulties in submitting assignment workon time.
  5. 5. 5ACADEMIC HONESTY AND PLAGIARISMWhat is Plagiarism?Plagiarism is the presentation of the thoughts or work of another as one’s own.* Examplesinclude:• direct duplication of the thoughts or work of another, including by copying material, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document (whether published or unpublished), composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, web site, Internet, other electronic resource, or another person’s assignment without appropriate acknowledgement;• paraphrasing another person’s work with very minor changes keeping the meaning, form and/or progression of ideas of the original;• piecing together sections of the work of others into a new whole;• presenting an assessment item as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people, for example, another student or a tutor; and• claiming credit for a proportion a work contributed to a group assessment item that is greater than that actually contributed.†For the purposes of this policy, submitting an assessment item that has already been submittedfor academic credit elsewhere may be considered plagiarism.Knowingly permitting your work to be copied by another student may also be considered tobe plagiarism.Note that an assessment item produced in oral, not written, form, or involving livepresentation, may similarly contain plagiarised material.The inclusion of the thoughts or work of another with attribution appropriate to the academicdiscipline does not amount to plagiarism.The Learning Centre website is main repository for resources for staff and students onplagiarism and academic honesty. These resources can be located Learning Centre also provides substantial educational written materials, workshops, andtutorials to aid students, for example, in:• correct referencing practices;• paraphrasing, summarising, essay writing, and time management;• appropriate use of, and attribution for, a range of materials including text, images, formulae and concepts.Individual assistance is available on request from The Learning Centre.Students are also reminded that careful time management is an important part of study andone of the identified causes of plagiarism is poor time management. Students should allowsufficient time for research, drafting, and the proper referencing of sources in preparing allassessment items.* Based on that proposed to the University of Newcastle by the St James Ethics Centre. Used with kindpermission from the University of Newcastle† Adapted with kind permission from the University of Melbourne.
  6. 6. 6COURSE EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENTThis course is periodically reviewed and students’ feedback is used to improve the course.Feedback is gathered using various means, including UNSW’s Course and TeachingEvaluation and Improvement (CATEI) Process.SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONAll absences should be explained to your teacher and medical or other documentationproduced if possible. In cases where illness or other causes produce repeated or sustainedabsence, you should seek as soon as possible a Request for Special Consideration form fromStudent Central on the ground floor of the Chancellery (opposite the Library). Applicationson the grounds of illness must be filled in by a medical practitioner. Information is availableat: CONTACT INFORMATIONLocation: Level 2, Morven Brown, Kensington Campus (Gate 8, off High Street) (map ref. C20)Telephone: (61 2) 9385 1681Facsimile: (61 2) 9385 2666Email: is the single online access point for UNSW services and information, integratingonline services for applicants, commencing & current students and UNSW staff.myUNSW is a great resource for further information not listed in this course outline. To visitmyUNSW please visit either of the below links:,ou=People,dc=unsw,dc=edu,dc=auSTUDENT EQUITY AND DIVERSITYStudents who have a disability that requires some adjustment in their learning and teachingenvironment are encouraged to discuss their study needs with the course convener prior to, orat the commencement of the course, or with the Student Equity Officers (Disability) in theStudent Equity and Diversity Unit (9385 4734). Information for students with disabilities isavailable at: to be discussed may include access to materials, signers or note-takers, the provision ofservices and additional examination and assessment arrangements.OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETYUNSWs Occupational Health and Safety Policy requires each person to work safely andresponsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.Students working at night on campus are advised to use the Unibeat service arranged byphoning Security on Tel: +61 2 9385 6000 to accompany them safely to the car park areas.They should be familiar with the procedures to follow in the event of an emergency, andshould know the location of emergency exits, fire-fighting equipment, first-aid cabinets andtelephones.
  7. 7. 7All emergencies are to be reported to Security on: 9385 6666.For all matters relating to Occupational Health, Safety and environment, see