ENGL 3384:003 Spring 2004

Tim Morris

Structure of Modern English

11:00AM-12:20PM Tues /Thurs 110 Preston Hall

office hours: 614 Carlisle Hall 2-4 PM Tuesdays, and by appointment

office phone: none

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

prerequisites: ENGL 2350

required texts: Greenbaum, The Oxford English Grammar.

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/3384s04/3384index.html

course description: This course is an introduction to the study of contemporary English.

course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have been introduced to how linguists talk about the syntax, morphology, phonology, and written usage of contemporary English.

drop policy: UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason. You may choose to drop with a W until 16 April.

assignments: There will be twelve (12) short "weekly" assignments due on the days indicated. Each "weekly" will be collected at the start of class on the Tuesday it's due. No weekly will be accepted late; if you know you must miss class, arrange to turn the work in early. Weekly assignments will be given on separate handouts. The final exam will be in our regular classroom Tuesday 11 May, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It will be an open-book, open-note final; you may bring anything you need to the exam meeting but you may not confer with other students during the exam period.

grading: Each weekly paper will be graded 1 (for satisfactory work) or 0 (for unsatisfactory). If you earn 12 or 13 weekly points, your grade going into the final will be C. If you earn 11 weeklies, your grade going into the final will be D. If you earn 10 weeklies, your grade going into the final will be a provisional "E," and if you earn 9, your grade going into the final will be F. (If you earn 8 or fewer, you will make an F for the course no matter what you do on the final.) Each student gets one free point.

If your grade on the final is 80-89, your course grade will be one letter above your weekly total. If your grade on the final is 90-100, your course grade will be two letters above your weekly total. The final is optional; you cannot lose points by not taking it.

academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 7428, and by email at noel@uta.edu You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp

schedule of assignments and readings:

note: all readings are from the Oxford English Grammar and are cited by section & page numbers

Tues 20 Jan: introductions, syllabus

Thurs 22 Jan: Reading: the history of the English Language: an overview, 1.1-1.6 (3-14); 8.2-8.9 (400-412)

Tues 27 Jan: Reading: introductory, 7.1-7.6 (365-371)

Thurs 29 Jan: Reading: introductory, 1.7-2.2 (14-25)

Tues 3 Feb: Weekly 1 due. Reading: overview, Chapter Three (39-87)

Thurs 5 Feb: Discussion

Tues 10 Feb: Weekly 2 due. Reading: words, 4.1-4.25 (92-141)

Thurs 12 Feb: Discussion

Tues 17 Feb: Weekly 3 due. Reading: words, 4.26-4.47 (141-202)

Thurs 19 Feb: Discussion

Tues 24 Feb: Weekly 4 due. Reading: noun phrases, 5.1-5.16 (208-246)

Thurs 26 Feb: Discussion

Tues 2 March: Weekly 5 due. Reading: verb phrases, 5.17-5.38 (246-288)

Thurs 4 March: Discussion

Tues 9 March: Weekly 6 due. Reading: other phrases, 5.39-5.49 (288-304)

Thurs 11 March: Discussion

T 16, Th 18 March: SPRING BREAK

Tues 23 March: Weekly 7 due. Reading: sentences & clauses, 6.1-6.12 (308-336)

Thurs 25 March: Discussion

Tues 30 March: Weekly 8 due. Reading: sentences & clauses, 6.13-6.19 (337-362)

Thurs 1 Apr: Discussion

Tues 6 Apr: Weekly 9 due. Reading: semantics, 8.10-8.21 (413-434)

Thurs 8 Apr: Discussion

Tues 13 Apr: Weekly 10 due. Reading: morphology, 9.1-9.40 (439-476)

Thurs 15 Apr: Discussion

Fri 16 Apr: last date to drop

Tues 20 Apr: Weekly 11 due. Reading: phonetics, 10.1-10.18 (480-502)

Thurs 22 Apr: Discussion

Tues 27 Apr: Weekly 12 due. Reading: spelling, 12.1-12.12 (558-576)

Thurs 29 Apr: Discussion

Tues 4 May: review; course evaluations

Thurs 6 May: review, last class meeting; course evaluations

Tues 11 May, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m: Final Exam

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