Undergraduate Course: English grammar: a cognitive account (LASC10045)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Classes will provide an account of major topics in the grammar of English from a cognitive linguistics perspective.
This course introduces students to cognitive linguistics, particularly construction grammar. We look at the ways in which construction grammar differs from mainstream models of syntax, and at what the general principles of construction grammar are. The course covers a range of topics, including:
- the relationship between word structure, the structure of idioms, and syntactic structures
- the word as a construction
- argument structure constructions
- constructions and information structure
- language as a network of constructions
- how language users acquire constructions
- how constructions vary and change in time and space
We explore the framework using data from English, both standard and non-standard, and both contemporary and historical, from a range of genres.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The course will be assessed as follows:
Two 1,000 word assignments (each 25%) and one 2,500 word essay (50%).
|No Exam Information
| By the end of the course, students should have acquired the following:
(a) a greater understanding of how Modern English grammar works
(b) preparation for more advanced work involving syntactic theories
(c) basic grounding in aspects of Cognitive Linguistics, particularly Cognitive Grammar and Construction Grammar
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
|Course organiser||Dr Graeme Trousdale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3599
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440