Grammar is the backbone or architecture of a language since a competent speaker does not only have to master the vocabulary of a given language, but also has to know how to combine words into larger units, such as clauses and sentences. A theoretical knowledge of English grammar is therefore a prerequisite for understanding what speakers do when they use their language. This course is intended to assist students in their study of the grammar of English on an academic level. It provides practice in applying the principles and rules formulated in scientific grammars, focusing on word-classes and the structure of words (morphology) in the first half of the semester and on the principles of English sentence structure (syntax) in the second one.
Course Book: Biber, Douglas, Susan Conrad and Geoffrey Leech. 2002. Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. London: Longman.