ENGL 3384-004 and 003 Structure of Modern English Fall 2020

Tim Morris

930-1050am and 2-320pm TR

tmorris@uta.edu

Required texts:
All readings are available free in Canvas. And here too: Practice Manual; plus Sorted Corpus. See also Hemingway, Big Two-Hearted River.

We will meet every class day face-to-face so that I can explain the material and you can ask questions and we can discuss whatever come up. If we are forced online, just follow along in your practice manual and ask questions at any time via e-mail.

By midnight on each date indicated, a Canvas assignment will be due. These will take the form of short free-form papers investigating the topics we are covering.

Attendance and grading:
I cannot require attendance during a pandemic. Conversely, if I get sick, please be patient with my own attendance.

No matter how the course is ultimately "delivered," your grade will be based on the number of acceptable papers submitted on time. Six of six gets you an A. Five is a B, four a C, and less than four an F. Most papers will be acceptable. Examples of failures will be those that fail to attempt the task at all; trying is much more important than getting things right.

Thurs 27 Aug: introductions

1-3 Sept: linguistics

8-10 Sept: ASSIGNMENT DUE TUES 8 SEPT; cores & intransitives

15-17 Sept: transitives & subject-complements

22-24 Sept: ASSIGNMENT DUE TUES 22 SEPT; word order, cores, adverbials

29 Sept/1 Oct: nominals, determiners, pronouns

6-8 Oct: premodifiers, postmodifiers

13-15 Oct: ASSIGNMENT DUE TUES 13 OCT; structure of adverbials

20-22 Oct: coordination

27-29 Oct: ASSIGNMENT DUE TUES 27 OCT; verb phrases, aspect

Tues 3 Nov: ELECTION DAY; NO CLASS MEETING

Thurs 5 Nov: modals & adverbs

10-12 Nov: ASSIGNMENT DUE TUES 10 NOV; ditransitives, object-complements, passive voice

17-19 Nov: long complex parsing

Tues 24 Nov: ASSIGNMENT DUE TUES 24 NOV; NO CLASS MEETING



syllabus: The effective version of the syllabus is always at https://tmorris.utasites.cloud/courses/3384f20/3384mainf20.html. If you are looking at a print or .pdf version, please make sure to consult the online version for updates.