School of English

Structure of English (Q1083)

Structure of English

Module Q1083

Module details for 2014/15.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module introduces students to descriptive English grammar and to central themes relating to sound patterns and pronunciation in English. The first part of the module, which focuses on grammar, provides students with an understanding of the way in which phrases and sentences are constructed, and equips them with the skills to break sentences down into their constituent parts, to describe the category and grammatical function of those parts, to distinguish clause types, to distinguish the parts of the English verb group, to construct and test hypotheses, and to represent sentence structure by means of tree diagrams. In the second part of the module, which focuses on phonetics and phonology, students acquire knowledge and understanding of the production of sounds, and the skills necessary to describe, define and transcribe consonants and vowels using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students are also introduced to fundamental concepts related to contrast and meaning in sound structures, and to fundamental concepts in phonology that go beyond the description of individual sounds, such as syllable structure, stress, and phonological processes and the relationship between pronunciation and spelling.

Module learning outcomes

Define and explain basic concepts in the syntactic analysis of English (with particular reference to constituent structure, phrase structure, grammatical functions, clause types, and main and embedded clause structure).

Parse natural language texts.

Describe and classify English speech sounds and transcribe speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Demonstrate linguistic understanding of the fundamental principles of English Phonology.

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework100.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ExerciseT2 Week 6 35.00%
ExerciseT2 Week 10 35.00%
ExerciseA2 Week 1 30.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring TeachingLecture1 hour111111111111
Spring TeachingSeminar1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/9100

Dr Richard Adelman

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/284426

Dr Charlotte Taylor

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/329327

Dr Melanie Green

Assess convenor, Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/102131

Please note that the University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules in accordance with the descriptions set out here. However, the University keeps its courses and modules under review with the aim of enhancing quality. Some changes may therefore be made to the form or content of courses or modules shown as part of the normal process of curriculum management.

The University reserves the right to make changes to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University. If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module.