Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Course Descriptions

Rebecca Argall
rargall@memphis.edu

Although ENGL 3500 is titled Practical English Grammar, the study of grammar is both theoretical and practical. Our general aim is to analyze English grammar so that its complexities can be taught to others. We identify structures that constitute well-formed English sentences, systematizing rules that you probably follow without even realizing it. We distinguish between rules for formal written English and those for informal spoken varieties, and we consider the role of the speech community in determining the forms that people use. To describe grammatical structures, we rely on the Reed-Kellogg system of diagramming sentences, originally devised in the late nineteenth century. Although other methods have been popularized since then, the practical side of using Reed-Kellogg is that it is still used to teach grammar in elementary schools today.

Required Texts:

 

Martha Kolln and Robert Funk. Understanding English Grammar. 8th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0-205-62690-8.

Martha Kolln and Robert Funk.  Exercises for Understanding English Grammar. 8th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009. ISBN-13:  978-0-205-62688-5.

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