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LINGUIST 1ZZ3 Sentence&Comm.Struct:ModEngl

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Cassandra Chapman

Email: chapmc3@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 629

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24388

Office Hours: Wednesdays 6:30-7:00 pm (in the classroom), Thursdays 11 am-12 pm (TSH 609)



Course Objectives:

  1. understand syntax as the scientific study of sentence structure;
  2. identify different syntactic categories in English;
  3. analyze the structure of different types of English phrases;
  4. draw tree structures to depict the relations between different types of English words/phrases in larger phrases and in sentences; and
  5. understand how meaning is derived from words and phrases in English.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required: Lobeck, A., & Denham, K. (2013). Navigating English Grammar: A Guide to Analyzing Real Language. Wiley Blackwell.

Optional: iClicker 


Method of Assessment:

Assessment

Due Date

Weight

Weekly online quizzes (10)  

Weeks 2-6, 9-13

 20%

Written assignments (2)

Jan 25 (Week 4),
Mar 22 (Week 12)

 20%

Midterm exam

Feb 15 (Week 7)

 20%

Final exam

TBD by registrar

 40%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late work: Late work will not be accepted and students will receive a grade of zero (0).

Missed work: Students can submit a McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) for up to one (1) missed assignment or midterm over the term. MSAFs cannot be used for online quizzes. It is the student’s responsibility to use the MSAF tool through Mosaic and to follow up with the instructor as soon as possible after the form has been submitted to determine how they will make up the work. Note that MSAFs cannot be submitted during the final exam period and thus, cannot be used for the final exam.


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  • plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
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Topics and Readings:

Date

Topic

Readings

Due

Week 1 – January 4

Introduction and review of descriptivism and prescriptivism

Chapter 1

 

Week 2 –

January 11

Nouns and Noun Phrases

Chapters 2-3

Quiz 1

Week 3 –

January 18

Verbs, verb phrases and verbal properties

Chapters 4-5

Quiz 2; Assignment 1 assigned

Week 4 –

January 25

The Clause (Sentence)

Chapter 6

Assignment 1 due; Quiz 3

Week 5 –

February 1

Adjectives

Chapter 7

Quiz 4

Week 6 –

February 8

Adverbs

Chapter 8

Quiz 5

Week 7 –

February 15

Midterm exam

None

 

Week 8 – February 22

STUDY BREAK – NO CLASS

 

 

Week 9 –

March 1

Prepositions and Particles

Chapter 9

Quiz 6

Week 10 –

March 8

Types of clauses

Chapter 10

Quiz 7

Week 11 –

March 15

More on complements and modifiers
 

Chapter 11

Quiz 8; Assignment 2 assigned

Week 12 –

March 22

Semantics

Supplementary reading, provided on Avenue

Assignment 2 due; Quiz 9

Week 13 –

March 29

Semantics

Supplementary reading, provided on Avenue

Quiz 10

Week 14 –

April 5

Review

None

 


Other Course Information:

Bonus Points

You will have the opportunity to earn up to 6% in bonus points over the course of the term. Any bonus points that you accumulate will decrease the weight of your final exam. There are two ways that you can accumulate bonus points:

i) iClicker: There will be opportunity for you to “click” in each lecture starting in Week 2. You must click 80% of the time to earn 4% in bonus points. If you complete this activity, your final exam will be worth 36%.

ii) Experiment participation: You can choose to participate in experiments being conducted in the Department of Linguistics and Languages throughout the semester. If you participate in a 1-hour experiment, you will earn 2% in bonus points. If you complete this activity, your final exam will be worth 38%.

If you complete both activities, your final exam will be worth 34%. If you choose to not complete either activity, your final exam will be worth 40%