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ERASMUS - Exploring English Grammar - the world of clauses - Einzelansicht

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Veranstaltungsnummer 124589 Kurztext
Semester WiSe 2020/21 SWS 2
Erwartete Teilnehmer/-innen Max. Teilnehmer/-innen 12
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Belegungsfrist WindhundWarte Sprachwissenschaft    03.07.2020 - 08.11.2020   
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Spence, Robert , Dr. phil.
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Englische Abteilung
Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachtechnologie

Der Kurs wird wegen der Pandemie als reine Online-Veranstaltung (Moodle + Videoconferencing über MS-Teams) stattfinden. 

Alle TeilnehmerInnen werden gebeten, sich noch vor dem Vorlesungsbeginn mit Dr. Robert Spence per Mail r.spence@mx.uni-saarland.dein Verbindung zu setzen.

This course is designed primarily for ERASMUS and other exchange students who are studying Applied Linguistics, Translation, 
and similar subjects. It is worth 3 ECTS points. It is followed by a separate Grammar course
in winter semester,
which is also worth 3 ECTS points.
he CEFR Level of both courses is C1.

The aim is to cover the whole of English grammar in two semesters:

In winter semester, we begin by taking a brief look at the grammatical units of English and the functions they serve.
We then study three different dimensions of English clauses:

how they are structured as
(i) messages (this affects the order in which the parts of the clause occur);
(ii) interpersonal exchanges (here we examine the systems of grammatical mood, including modal verbs and question tags);
and (iii) representations of types of processes, participants, and circumstances (time, place, manner, and the like).
The winter semester concludes with an overview of what is involved in putting clauses together to form larger

complexes (apposition, coordination, subordination, quoting, reporting, and the like).
There is also an optional unit on the various forms that nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs can have (morphology).

The companion course, which is offered in summer semester, begins with a brief review of the syntax of sentences and clauses,
but from then on we are concerned with grammatical units "below" the clause, concentrating on the nominal group and the verbal group.

We look at the different functions that adjectives have, the rules for ordering adjectives, and how relative clauses work.
Several weeks are devoted to English tenses, contrasting them with the tenses of Spanish, Italian, French, and German.
Finally, we revisit reported speech and reported thought, and look at chained structures like "she happens to appear
to have been trying to want to start looking for a job".

In each semester, there are weekly exercise sheets, a final exam, and a mini-assignment to complete.

For further information, see:


ERASMUS and other exchange students may also be interested in my ERASMUS courses "Expanding your English vocabulary skills"
(Thursday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and "Written Expression” (Tuesday 10 a.m. to 12 noon); the latter covers exactly the same content,
at exactly the same pace, as groups 3 and 4 of "[spr] Written Expression (Intermediate)", so students in fact have three possible times
to take my Written Expression course (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon). Note, however, that the Wednesday
and Thursday groups are officially working towards 2 ECTS points, whereas ERASMUS students are typically working towards 3,
and will therefore be doing extra work; the additional workload would cover approximately a weekend’s work.

My B.A. course "[spr] Phonetics with Listening Practice (British)" (Tuesday or Wednesday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) may also be of interest to some
Erasmus students, but the number of available places is limited.

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2020/21 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024