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Handouts for Foundations of English Grammar


This is a one-term (half-unit) course for first-year students taking the BA Linguistics at UCL. The teacher is Professor Richard (Dick) Hudson.

"My main aim is for you to be able to do grammar, but I'd also like you to understand what you're doing and to be able to talk about it and some background issues.

What I mean by 'doing grammar' is analysing the basic grammatical structure of a sentence. More precisely, I shall help you to:

  • classify each word in terms of a small set of word classes (noun, verb, etc) and an even smaller set of inflections (finite or non-finite);
  • show how the words fit together to make the sentence.
You can't do this just using ordinary language, so I'll teach you a special notation for showing sentence structures. (It's one of many - you'll learn a different notation in Introduction to Generative Grammar A, but I'll help you to see how they relate so it won't be a problem.)"-Dick Hudson

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