|Degree Code:||Degree Name:||Bachelor of Arts in English Language|
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|Level : 4|
|Semester: Non Specified|
|Course Code||Course Name||Course Hours|
|CLE 401||Advanced English Structure||60||View Description|
Advanced English Structure Description
General Introduction to the Unit
The course unit you are about to undertake is a step over from earlier units that concentrated on issues of language structure especially within the domain of syntax. In this unit, the most pertinent question that you will ask yourself is – At what point does language structure become advanced? This is a legitimate question since language necessarily is a very advanced concept of human beings. Moreover, having taken four years learning language is an indictment to this advanced concept. However, the mention of an advanced course sends wrong signals to students to mean that the course is complicated. The notion of advanced courses being deemed complicated needs to be disabused by the simple understanding that the finer details that may have been overlooked in previous and earlier courses will be discussed at the advanced stage. It is on this premise that this course is pegged. A course as CLL 302 – Traditional Linguistics, comes to mind when thinking of an advanced course in English Structure. Further, courses as CLL 401 (Introduction to Generative Transformational Theory) and CLL 402 (Advanced Linguistic Theory) need to be read alongside the current course unit.
The concern in this course is to equip you with skills about the English language as they are mapped within certain theoretical bearings. This is the reason why the course will begin by looking at the ordinary use English language, what we mean by the grammar of the English language and how we codify rules of the language. We will then examine the English sentence in far greater detail than before justifying why we need a theory in examining structure of English language. This is what will inform the first part of the course.
In the second part of the course, we deal with how we can map theoretical notions into the English language. We start by looking at what Phrase Structure Grammar is and how it is mapped in English before examining the concept of constituent analysis. We then introduce the concept of Generative Grammar and conclude with the workings of the transformational component in English language. We conclude rather pessimistically that to understand language structure is not an endeavour that can be done to conclusive agreement but rather that it is part of the whole prospect of academic inquisition premised on doubt to enhance further research.