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LN4007: GRAMMATICAL ATTITUDES (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:56


Course Overview

What is grammar? What is grammatical? Who decides? And how? This course will explore different approaches to grammar, from the layperson’s to the linguist’s, and how these impact society and the study of language. We will evaluate and experiment with methods for judging grammaticality, giving students greater insight into this essential but difficult to pin down concept.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Elspeth Edelstein

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 4
  • Language And Linguistics (LN)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will examine different approaches to defining what is ‘grammar’ and how we determine what is ‘grammatical’. We will consider the impact of prescriptive notions of grammar in terms of society at large and linguistic study more specifically, examining how they overlap with and diverge from descriptive notions of grammar. As part of this exploration we will also discuss and test different means of measuring grammaticality, from introspection to corpus searches.

 By the end of this course students will:

  • be able to define the differences between prescriptive and descriptive notions of grammar
  • have an understanding of how grammaticality fits into different aspects of linguistic study
  • be familiar with and able to employ a number of methods for assessing grammaticality

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 14

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Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 75
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Written and oral feedback

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
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Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Written and oral feedback

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

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Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateBe familiar with and able to employ a number of methods for assessing grammaticality.
ProceduralUnderstandBe able to define the differences between prescriptive and descriptive notions of grammar.
ReflectionUnderstandHave an understanding of how grammaticality fits into different aspects of linguistic study.

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