ENGLISH 350.020 - COMPARATIVE GRAMMAR Edwin Duncan, Inst. Second Summer Session 1995 Office: LI 301E 12:30-2:00 M-F - Linthicum 214 Phone: 830-2847 COURSE INFORMATION REQUIRED TEXT: Donald Emery, Sentence Analysis. COURSE COVERAGE: This course will cover the three most important contemporary descriptions of English syntax (i.e., traditional, structural, and transformational) with emphasis on the basic concepts and terminology of the first. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students who successfully complete the course will 1) comprehend the relationships that words and phrases have to one another in the English sentence, 2) master the terminology used to discuss these relationships, and 3) learn the fundamental concepts of each of the contemporary approaches to grammar. COURSE GRADES: Course grades will be based on four tests and a daily grade: First Test 15% First Major Exam 25% Second Major Exam 25% Third Major Exam 25% Daily Grade 10% The first test will consist wholly of diagramming sentences. The second test, or First Major Exam, will test students' mastery of compound structures and phrases as well as the grammatical terminology used to describe them; it will be part short-answer questions and part diagramming. The third test, or Second Major Exam, will test students' understanding of clauses in addition to the concepts of traditional grammar covered in the previous tests. The final test, or Third Major Exam, will cover the fundamentals of structural and transformational grammar; it consists of a series of short-answer questions. The daily grade will be made up of timely submission of assigned homework and of the quality of classroom participation.