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LINGUIST 1ZZ3 SENTENCE&COMM.STRUCT:MOD ENGL

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 2

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Dr. George Thomas

Email: thomasg@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 512

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24388

Office Hours: Mondays 18:00-19:00 or by appointment



Course Objectives:

Together with Linguistics 1Z03E, this course provides an introduction to the study of the English language.  It is intended for students with no prior knowledge of linguistics who wish to acquire an understanding of the structures which make the speaking, understanding and writing of English possible.  After a brief review of the parts of speech of English, we shall look at the units which make up the structure of English grammar and their organization into sentences.  This involves the order and arrangement of the constituents and their dependency on each other.  We shall see how the principles of this organization make some sentences grammatical and others ungrammatical.  After getting to grips with simple sentences, we shall examine how sentences can be embedded in other sentences to create complex sentences.  Our next task is to examine how these grammatically formed sentences produce meaningful utterances through the semantic roles which each of the components fulfils.  Finally, we look at the practical ways utterances in English function to provide expression and communication in our daily lives.  This requires speakers of English to know what is appropriate to say in particular circumstances and to have an appreciation of the social, geographical and stylistic complexity of English usage.

Every effort will be made for every student to participate actively in the course.  Students are encouraged to bring to class relevant examples of English usage they encounter in their daily lives.  Within the formal requirements of the course, there will be flexibility to discuss issues and problems raised by students.  The accent throughout will be on practical questions rather than matters of linguistic theory.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

 

Brinton, Laurel J. & Donna M. Brinton, The Linguistic Structure of Modern English (Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2010)

This course will cover Chapters 7 through 11.


Method of Assessment:

Mid-term test                          20%

Assignments (3)                      30%

Class Participation                   10%

Final exam                               40%

100%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.