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

Summer 2004

E f360k • English Grammar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
83735 MTWThF
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
PAR 306

Course Description

The title of this course can create confusion since grammar has at least six commonly-understood meanings in contemporary American English. This section of E/LIN 360K assumes that grammar means the characteristic systems of inflections and syntax of the language as dictated by constitutive rules. Constitutive rules are radically different from regulative rules. Constitutive rules of grammar define the inherent nature of the language; regulative rules, on the other hand, are imposed upon the language to dictate what is to be preferred and avoided in the manipulation of that language.

The orientation of this section of 360K is descriptive, not prescriptive. The purpose of this section is to teach students to analyze the structure of sentences and to become more sophisticated in their understanding of language variation. It does not presume to teach them skills in the use of English. This section also assumes a fundamental distinction between the grammar of English and the mechanics of the writing system of English. The course does not include any attention to mechanics (spelling, punctuation, and capitalization). If one assumes that this section of E/LIN 360K is a "refresher" course in the kind of grammar typically taught in American primary and secondary schools, then one egregiously misunderstands the nature and function of the course.

Grading Policy

Exercises 40%
Two or three tests 50%
Class performance 10%


Norman Stageberg and Dallin D. Oakes, Introductory English Grammar, 5th ed.
Stamford, CT: Thomson Learning, 1999
A course packet available from Speedway Printing in Dobie Mall


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