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

Spring 2005

E 360K • English Grammar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32305 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 301

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 system of inflections and syntax of the language as dictated by a system of 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. This orientation of this section of 360K is descriptive, not prescriptive. The purpose of this section of 360K 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 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 this class.

The course assumes a familiarity with traditional, Latinate grammar of English, which in commonly taught in this country. Students who have forgotten what they were taught about grammar or who claim that they were never taught grammar may want to review on their own.

Grading Policy

Approximately fourteen syntax exercises 20%
A syntax analysis project 20%
Quizzes over exercises from Introductory English Grammar 20%
Three syntax tests 40%
(Points may be added or deducted on the basis of class performance)


Stagebert, Norman C., and Dallin D. Oaks, An Introductory English Grammar, 5th ed.
One course packet available from Speedway Printing in Dobie Mall


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