Modern English Language
Course Convenor: Prof. Bas Aarts
This course covers the major fields in the study of present-day English, including syntax (a branch of grammar which studies the way words are combined to form sentences), morphology (the study of the meaning and structure of words), semantics (the study of meaning in language) and pragmatics (the study of language in use).
- To teach students about the workings of language and communication, focussing on English.
- To teach students the fundamentals of English sentence structure, morphology, semantics and pragmatics.
- Acquisition of knowledge of the major concepts and categories of grammar and meaning.
- Acquisition of (syntactic) argumentation skills.
- Awareness of how words are formed.
course is useful for students contemplating a career in journalism, publishing,
or in the teaching English as a native or foreign language. It is taught over
two terms in the form of weekly two-hour seminars based on a textbook and on
handout material. In addition, students
write two tutorial essays (one per term). The course is examined by a
three-hour written paper (NB: it is not possible to be examined by Course Essay
for this course).