Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ENGL 3663: Modifiers


Adjectives are modifiers. In function, they are words that modify nouns.

What’s a modifier? A modifier is a word that changes the meaning of another word. So, for instance, take these sentences:

                The truck is mine.
                The orange truck is mine.
                The old orange truck is mine.
                The old orange truck in the carport is mine.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sentence Diagrams

Sentence Diagrams:

As we move further into the book, we’ll start using sentence diagramming, both the Reed-Kellogg method and tree diagrams. Your book on pages 106-108 introduces you to this method, but you can learn more at this link.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

ENGL 3663: Form Class Words: Verbs


Verbs express action, we were told in the third grade (those of us who got taught grammar in the third grade). And it is true that some verbs do express action.

                        Emma shot the pirate.
                        Daniel danced all night.

Verbs also express a state of being, however:

ENGL 3663: Form Class Words and Nouns

 Form-Class Words

English grammar is traditionally described as having eight parts of speech:
·        Nouns
·        Verbs
·        Adjectives
·        Adverbs
·        Pronouns
·        Conjunctions
·        Prepositions
·        Interjections

But this traditional division into eight parts looks only at the function of the words, ignoring the form, and thus often leads the poor student of grammar into swamps of confusion.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Some Terms

Prototypical v. Peripheral: In grammar as in life, our categories leak. When, for instance, we are sorting fiction into boxes labeled fantasy and boxes labeled science fiction, we will find some examples that clearly go in one box or the other – Lord of the Rings, The Left Hand of Darkness – but others will fall in a grey area: Anne McCaffery’s Pern novels, for instance.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

ENGL 3663: Introduction

First, the good news. If you’re a native speaker of English, you already know English grammar. 

Every native speaker of English over the age of two or three (at least those without some sort of developmental issue) knows English grammar by the time they reach the age of two or three years old, though they may still be refining certain points well into their fourth year. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

ENGL 3663: Syllabus 2017

University of Arkansas: Fort Smith
ENGL 3663: Syllabus

Course Title ENGLISH GRAMMAR                         

Course Code    ENGL        3663                                                         Credit Hours        3  
                        Prefix        Number                                                      Lecture Hours      3  
                                                                                                            Lab Hours            0  
                                                                                                            Contact Hours      3_    

Instructor: Kelly Jennings
Office: Vines 139
Phone: 788-7907
Office Hours:   TR TR 8:00-11:00; 2:00-4:00; Or by appointment