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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 360K • English Grammar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Kimball, S

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

This course is not intended to teach writing skills or rules of usage. Instead, we will look at the linguistic structure of English from two points of view: traditional grammar and transformational-generative grammar. Topics we will cover include traditional grammatical description and terms, linguistic evidence for the constituent structure of English sentences, arguments for transformations, and some basics of modern work on syntax and questions of usage.

Grading Policy

Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory, both for whole-class discussion sessions and for group work. Attendance will be taken during each class. More than four (4) unexcused absences will affect your final grade adversely.

Homework: I will not accept late homework except by prior arrangement.

Structure and scheduling of the class: The class is divided into two types of meetings: whole-class and group meetings. The course packet contains assignments structured around linguistic analyses and written explanations of grammatical structures for both individual and group work. Homework assignments will, in general, be drawn from the textbook.

Evaluation and grading: There are no midterm or final exams for this class. Instead, you will be evaluated on the basis of two midterm portfolios and one final portfolio of the work you have done inside and outside of class. You will be responsible for a total of three individual portfolios and for participation in three group portfolios. The individual portfolios should contain all of the written work you have done for the class, including all homework assigned, plus a self-evaluation.

Total grade for the class: Individual work 60% (Writing assignments 33%; Homework 12%); Group work 33%

Each set of portfolios: Individual work 20% (Writing assignments 18%; Homework 4%); Group work 11%


M. Kolln and R. Funk, Understanding English Grammar, 6th edition, Pearson, 2002; Course packet: available at Jenn's.


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