構詞及句法學研究
Studies in Morphology & Syntax
  

This course introduces students to syntax and morphology – the study of the structure of sentences and the words that constitute them. The course will primarily focus on the structure of English, though comparisons to Chinese and other languages will often be used to illuminate the nature of word- and sentence structure in language in general.
    The course begins with an overview of basic concepts related to the notion of ‘grammar’ – the set of rules and restrictions that exist in every language that determine what is a possible word or sentence in the language (and what is not).
    We continue with a discussion of what grammatical rules are, how they operate, as well as the ways the aforementioned concepts and rules can most easily be explained to students with no academic training in linguistics.

There are five main goals of this course:

  • Introduce students to the study of the structure of words and sentences

  • Familiarize students with the grammatical concepts and rules most relevant to English

  • Introduce students to the differences between the grammar of English compared to the grammars of various other languages, including but not limited to Mandarin Chinese

  • Equip students with the ability to explain grammatical concepts, especially to non-native speakers who are students of English

  • Bolster students’ analytical skills, especially through applying familiar concepts to unfamiliar data.