Course title:

 

 

Modern English Syntax

 

Tutor: Associate Professor Michael Grancharov

 

Mode of delivery: lectures

Course place and status within the program

Core subject

Competence expectations

Students will be able to analyse English phrases, clauses, simple and composite sentences.

Aims and objectives of the course

to acqaint the students with the basic concepts in traditional syntactic theory concerning the structure of phrases, clauses, simple and composite sentences, the basic principles of word order and the various types of inversion, the priciples of the Functional Sentence Perspective, emphasis and focus, etc.

Weekly organization of topics & reading assignments

Lecture Topics:

1. English phrases.

2. The sentence: characteristic features and classification.

3. Sentence and clause structure. Basic patterns.

4. Types of sentences according to types of communication.

5. One-member sentences and elliptical sentences.

6. The Subject.

7. The Predicate.

8. The Predicativе

9. Subject-Verb Concord.

10. The Object.

11. The attribute,

12. (The) Apposition.

13. The Adverbial modifier.

14. The Loose secondary parts.

15. Direct Address and Parentheses.

16. Nexus constructions.

17. Word order: basic principles.

18. Word order: inversion and dislocation.

19. Intensity and Emphasis in English sentence structure.

20. Presenting and focusing information,

21. Transition from Simple to Composite sentences.

22. The Compound sentence.

23. The Complex sentence.

24. Subject, Predicative, and Object clauses.

25. Attributive clauses.

26. Adverbial clauses of: time, place, cause (reason), condition, concession,alternative and universal conditional-concessive clauses.

27. Adverbial clauses of: purpose, result, manner and comparison, proportion, comment clauses.

28. Syntactic aspects of Direct, Indirect and Represented speech.

29. Punctuation.

30. General periodization of the development of English syntax.

 

Course requirements

Courses in Morphology and Lexicology, taken previously

Mode of assessment

Written exam, an essay on a topic, and continuous assessment of seminar participation

Bibliography

Michael Grancharov, et al.. Readings in English Syntax. Veliko Turnovo University Press, 1980.

Geoffrey Leech, et al. English Grammar for Today. Macmillan Education, Ltd., 1982.

Jana Molhova, et al. Reader in English Syntax. Shoumen, 1996.

Randolph Quirk, et al, A Grammar of Contemporary English. Longman, 1972

Randolph Quirk, et al. A Concise Grammar of Contemporary English. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. 1973.

Geoffrey Leech, et al. English Grammar for Today. Macmillan Education, Ltd., 1982.

Frank Palmer. Grammar. Penguin, 1971.

Robert Stockwell. Foundations of Syntactic Theory. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1977.

Vilem Mathesius. A Functional Analysis of Present Day English on a General Linguistic Basis. Mouton, 1975.

Marco Mincoff. An English Grammar. Sofia, 1958.

Boris Ilyish. The Structure of Modern English. Leningrad, 1971.

Jana Molhova, et al. Reader in English Syntax. Shoumen, 1996.

Jana Molhova, et al. Angliiska gramatika v sravnenie s bulgarski ezik - sintaksis. Sofia, 1965

M.A. Ganshina, et al. English Grammar. Higher School Publishing House, 1964.

V.L. Kaoushanskaia, et al.. A Grammar of the English Language. Leningrad, 1963.

Michael Grancharov, et al.. Readings in English Syntax. Veliko Turnovo University Press, 1980.

Michael Grancharov. English Syntax: Practice Book. Plovdiv University Press, 2009.

Michael Grancharov 2010: Грънчаров, М. Синтактични средства на функционалната изреченска перспектива, локализиращи комуникативно-информационния фокус на изречението в модерния английски книжовно-литературен език, 15-20 век. Пловдивско университетско издателство: 2010.