E360K: individual writing assignment unit 5

Individual Writing Assignment Unit 5

1. The following are pairs of sentence that resemble each other superficially but differ in structure. Explain the differences in structure in grammatical terms (e.g., parts of speech identified correctly) provide an explanation of the reasoning behind your analyses, using tests to justify your conclusions (e.g., discussing coreference, movement of sentence constituents) and diagram each sentence. Note that you will NOT receive full credit unless you provide diagrams and justifications of your analyses.

1. A. Burt knows a club where the music is good and the beer is cheap.
B. Burt knows where the music is good and the beer is cheap.

2. A. The wolves didn't spot the fawn hiding in the undergrowth.
B. The wolves didn't spot the fawn hidden in the undergrowth.

(Here's a hint on this one: consider the sentences underlying hiding in the undergrowth and hidden in the undergrowth ).

2. Each of the following sentences should be ambiguous. Explain the grammatical reasons behind the ambiguity, providing an explanation of the reasoning behind your analyses that uses appropriate tests, and provide diagrams for both meanings of each sentence.

  1. George eats his scrambled eggs with marmalade, which disgusts Alice.
  2. Fred likes having a few beers at the tavern better than Wilma.
  3. Roberta is a friend of my sister who lives in El Paso.


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