Postgraduate Course: English grammar: a cognitive account (LASC11054)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 44,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Students will be assessed by means of one extended piece of written work of c.4000 words.
Additional exercises will be provided, but will not count towards the overall mark for the course.
||Each student will have an individual meeting with the course organiser to discuss the topic of the extended essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand aspects of modern English grammar
- undertake more advanced work on theories of grammar
- understand basic principles of cognitive linguistics and construction grammar
|Hilpert, Martin. 2013. Construction Grammar and its Application to English. Edinburgh: EUP.|
Hoffmann, Thomas and Graeme Trousdale, eds. 2013. The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar. New York: OUP.
Barlow, Michael and Suzanne Kemmer (eds.) 2000. Usage-¬based models of language. Stanford: CSLI.
Croft, William. 2001. Radical Construction Grammar. Oxford: OUP.
Croft, William and D. Alan Cruse. 2004. Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP.
Evans, Vyvyan and Melanie Green. 2006. Cognitive Linguistics: an introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Goldberg, Adele E. 1995. Constructions: a Construction Grammar approach to argument structure. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Goldberg, Adele E. 2006. Constructions at work: the nature of generalization in language. Oxford: OUP.
Langacker, Ronald. 2008. Cognitive Grammar: an introduction. Oxford: OUP.
Taylor, John R. 2002. Cognitive Grammar. Oxford: OUP.
Ungerer, Friedrich and Hans-¬Jörg Schmid. 1996. An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. London: Longman.
Traugott, Elizabeth Closs and Graeme Trousdale. 2013. Constructionalization and Construction Changes. Oxford: OUP.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|Keywords||cognitive linguistics,English grammar,construction grammar
|Course organiser||Dr Graeme Trousdale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3599
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188