The Structure of the English Language
Applied Linguistics 629
Office: Wheatley 6-68
Office phone (with voice mail): 287-6748
E-mail: meyer [at] cs [dot] umb [dot] edu (note: emails sent on weekends will be answered on Monday)
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Office hours: W: 2:30-4:00, Th: 2:30-4:00, or by appointment (I'm also available on Skype; contact me to make arrangements)
Required texts and materials:
Andrea DeCapua, Grammar for
Teachers (available in the UMB bookstore or from online
vendors such as Amazon, which sells print and Kindle versions of the
Additional readings (either on e-reserve in the library or available on the World Wide Web)
Apling 629 has three primary goals: (1) to briefly trace the development of English from Old English to Contemporary English; (2) to discuss in detail the grammatical structure of Contemporary English; and (3) to explore issues related to the teaching of grammar to speakers of English as a second language. This will therefore be a course in both language theory and language pedagogy.
We will be using the Blackboard Vista online learning system to communicate outside class. Information on how to use and log into Blackboard can be found here. I will talk more about this in class.
Please make sure that all cell phones are turned off (including those set to vibrate). It's fine to use the campus WiFi during class for class-related purposes, but please no web surfing, texting, checking email, etc. during class.
Topics and Reading Assignments
GT = Grammar for Teachers
All other readings are on either e-reserve or the WWW (to obtain an article on e-reserve, go here and then click 'accept' after typing in the course password, which I will give you in class).
Jan. 25: Course policies and goals; introduction to the study of language.
The English Language--Past and Present--and the Rise of Prescriptivism
Feb. 1: "A Brief
of the English Language"; Wallraff, "What
Global Language?"; Irwin and Nagy, "Bostonians
A Quantitative look at (R) in Boston"; Wallace, "Tense Present: Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage"; Regional New England Pronunciations
Talking About Grammar
Feb. 8: GT, "What is Grammar?," ch. 1, pp. 1-18; The Multiple Meanings of Grammar; Meyer, "Twentieth-Century Developments in Traditional Grammar" (on e-reserve); GT, "Morphology," ch.2, pp. 21-43; Hypertext Books, The Clause Rank: From and Function
Noun, Adjective, and Adverb Phrases
Feb. 15 and 22: GT, "The Noun Phrase," ch. 3, pp. 45-71; Abbott, Definite and Indefinite; Teaching Definite and Indefinite Articles; Flow Chart for Teaching English Articles; GT, "Adjectives and Adverbs," ch.4, pp. 83-118.
Feb. 29: GT, "Introduction to Verbs and Verb Phrases," ch. 5, pp. 121-160; Pinker, "Broken Telephone" (on e-reserve); Dennis Oliver, "Phrasal Verb Page" (located on Dave's ESL Cafe).
March 7: "Time, Tense, and Aspect of Verbs," ch. 6, pp. 165-202. Paper #1 due.
March 14: No class, spring break
March 21: GT, "Modal Auxiliary Verbs and Related Structures," ch. 7, pp. 211-241; Meyer, "Corpus Linguistics, the World Wide Web, and Language Teaching"; Go here to get a copy of "AntConc," the concordancing program I will be demonstrating in class to illustrate one way to use corpora in the second language classroom. There are versions for Windows and Macintosh computer.
Prepositional Phrases/ Form
March 28: Grammar Book, "Prepositions," ch. 21, pp. 401-424 (on e-reserve); Tan, Fixed Expressions in EFL: The Case for Prepositional Clusters; "Form and Function", pp. 1-8, Internet Grammar of English, Survey of English Usage, University College London; Kosur, English Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases: The Six Main Functions of Prepositions (Note: we will examine this reading to see why some of the author's analyses are wrong).
Clauses and Sentences
April 4: GT, "Basic Sentence Patterns and Major Variations," ch. 8, pp. 245-276 and ch. 9, "Compound Sentences and Introduction to Compound Sentences," ch. 9, pp.281-315
April 11 GT, ch. 10, "Complex Sentences Continued: Relative Clauses," ch. 10, pp. 319-347 and "Complex Sentences Continued: Noun Clauses," ch. 11, pp. 353-379.
April 18: GT, "Verbal Constructions," ch. 12, pp. 383-411; in class parsing exercise.
April 25: Meyer, "Functional Grammar and Discourse Studies" (on e-reserve); Biber et al., "Speaking and Writing in the University" (on e-reserve); in class parsing exercise (cont.); Paper #2 due.
May 2: Diane Larsen-Freeman, "Teaching Grammar" (on e-reserve); David Mulroy, "The War Against Grammar"; Marianne Celce-Murcia, "Grammar Pedagogy in Second and Foreign Language Teaching" (on e-reserve); Krashen, "The Formal Effect of Grammar Teaching: Still Peripheral" (on e-reserve); Sandra Fotos, "Cognitive Approaches to Grammar Instruction" (on e-reserve).
May 9: Stephen Andrews, "Why do L2 Teachers Need to 'Know about Language'? Teacher Metalinguistic Awareness and Input for Learning" (on e-reserve); Rod Ellis, 1998. “Teaching and Research: Options in Grammar Teaching.” (on e-reserve); Byrd, "Grammar FROM context: Re-thinking the teaching of grammar at various proficiency levels"; Jan Frodesen, "Grammar in Writing" (on e-reserve).
The final exam will be sent out by email on May 10, and will be due no later than 10:00 am on Thursday, May 17 (more details later)
THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME