AJ1205 Syntax A

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Radek Vogel, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Olga Dontcheva-Navrátilová, Ph.D.
Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Popelková
Supplier department: Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AJ1205/Kombi01: Fri 21. 9. 11:00–12:50 učebna 10, Fri 12. 10. 11:00–12:50 učebna 10, Fri 26. 10. 11:00–12:50 učebna 10, Fri 9. 11. 11:00–12:50 učebna 10, Fri 23. 11. 11:00–12:50 učebna 10, Fri 7. 12. 11:00–12:50 učebna 10, R. Vogel
AJ1205/Prez01: Mon 18:00–19:50 učebna 35, R. Vogel
( AJ1102 Practical Language 1B && AJ1204 Grammar B && AJ1202 Phonetics and Phonology B )
Students can enroll Syntax A only after completing successfully the following subjects: Grammar A and Grammar B.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The goal of the course is to master modality including the two types of modality, intrinsic and extrinsic modality, and all kinds of non-finite verb forms, infinitives, gerunds and participles. Students are supposed to become acquainted with the analysis of the simple sentence, especially in contrast to their mother tongue, the Czech language. They also study some cohesive means, notably substitution and ellipsis. An important part of the course is the mastery of the four basic sentence types and their corresponding discourse functions. Finally, students are expected to master the semantics and grammar of adverbials.
Learning outcomes
The student will be able to:
• understand linguistic terms in the field of syntax and explain them on practical examples;
• understand the syntax of a simple sentence and analyse it;
• know the means for expressing modality and condensation in an English sentence;
• identify syntactic phenomena in a written text and describe them using linguistic terms.
  • The simple sentence. Sentence elements and types of phrases. Two types of grammatical notation: tree diagrams and bracketing. The semantics and grammar of adverbials (four criteria for their classification). Four grammatical functions of adverbials (adjuncts, subjuncts, disjuncts and conjuncts). Sentence types and discourse functions. Pro-forms and ellipsis. Introduction to modal verbs. Two kinds of modality. Ability, permission, and possibility. Past activity, habit, refusal, etc. Expectation, assumption, and conclusion. Obligation, absence of obligation. Duty and arrangement, with non-fulfilment. Use of should for suggestions, opinions, feelings, etc. The infinitive. Types of infinitive. The -ing form as a gerund. Verbs taking a full infinitive or -ing (gerund). Verbs taking the infinitive or -ing (participle) according to meaning.
    required literature
  • CHALKER, Sylvia. A student's English grammar : workbook. Harlow: Longman, 1992. 186 s. ISBN 0582088194. info
  • GETHIN, Hugh. Grammar in context :proficiency level English. New edition. Harlow: Longman, 1996. 235 s. ISBN 0-17-556420-5. info
  • GREENBAUM, Sidney and Randolph QUIRK. A student's grammar of the English language. First published. Harlow: Longman, 1990. 490 stran. ISBN 0582059712. info
    recommended literature
  • DUŠKOVÁ, Libuše. Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. 2. vyd. Praha: Academia, 1994. 673 s. ISBN 8020004866. info
  • POVOLNÁ, Renata. Grammar. 1. dotisk 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita v Brně, 2002. 99 stran. ISBN 8021023112. info
  • LEECH, Geoffrey N., M. (Margaret) DEUCHAR and Robert HOOGENRAAD. English grammar for today : a new introduction. London: Macmillan, 1982. xvi, 224 p. ISBN 0-333-30643-0. info
Teaching methods
Mode of teaching: seminar The methods used in classes are mainly presentations of new and/or problematic grammatical issues by the teacher, followed by class discussions and questions from students, and various types of exercises from compulsory textbooks, including drills. As for homework, students are supposed to study in advance relevant chapters from their textbooks and translate sentences from Czech into English. Apart from that, students have to do various on-line tasks including quizzes designed particularly for their course.
Assessment methods
Students have to write one test and one translation (10 sentences) during the term and one final test at the end of the course to get a credit from Seminar to syntax A. They are expected to attend classes on a regular basis and score at least 70 per cent with all the tests. In case of more than three absences they will be tested also orally, i.e. they will be asked some theoretical questions by their teacher.
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Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinované studium: výuka v blocích.
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Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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