LING 100 — Fundamentals of Grammar — Summer 2012 (A-Term)

Course information

Dates:A-Term (18 June – 18 July)
Time:MTWThF 13:10-15:20
Place:Condon Hall 110A
Links:Catalyst Gradebook

Instructor information

Joshua Crowgey
office hours:by appointment, ART 337
contact:jcrowgey at uw dot edu

Course Goals

In this class, we will investigate grammar as a linguistic concept, focusing on methods of linguistic analysis and description of English. Some of the goals of this course are that students become aware of the fact that many properties of language can be described in terms of a limited set of basic linguistic concepts, to develop skills in analyzing the structure of English words and sentences, and to sharpen critical thinking by practicing problem-solving. We take intuitions about language as a starting point and focus on methods of analysis, rather than on memorization of usage rules. An additional goal of this course is that students overcome any "grammar anxiety" they have -- the feeling that grammar is something difficult and mysterious, only useful for "correcting" writing or speech. (As this is a LING course, this class is not designed to help you improve your conversational English (cf. ESL or ELP) or writing skills (cf. ENGL).)



Nightly readings will be required. Most will come from the text Discovering Grammar by Anne Lobeck (2000), but others will be posted online at this page (links will appear on the schedule below).


Students grades will be determined by scores on homeworks, quizzes and a final exam according to the following table:

homeworks(2 per wk =) 8T,Th50%
quizzes(1 per wk =) 4F25%
final118 june25%

The final grade will be converted to the University's grading scale by the following map:

≥ 95% = 4.088 = 3.381 = 2.674 = 1.9 67 = 1.2
94 = 3.987 = 3.280 = 2.573 = 1.866 = 1.1
93 = 3.886 = 3.179 = 2.472 = 1.765 = 1.0
93 = 4.785 = 3.078 = 2.371 = 1.664 = .9
92 = 3.684 = 2.977 = 2.270 = 1.5 63 = .8
90 = 3.583 = 2.876 = 2.169 = 1.460-62 = .7
89 = 3.482 = 2.775 = 2.068 = 1.3 (< .7 is a failing grade)


Moodle is an online course management system provided by the Language Learning Center (LLC). This is the system through which students will complete and submit homework assignments.

To access the LING 100 Moodle page, you must create an account (if you do not already have one). Log in to Moodle with your UWNetID: Once you’re logged in to Moodle, click on the "Linguistics" link in the "course categories" list on the main Moodle page, then click on "LING 100: Fundamentals of Grammar, Summer 2012". You will be asked for an "enrollment key". The key is redcedar. Then click "Enroll me in this course." You need do this only one time to be able to access the course for the quarter.


Short quizzes will take place each Friday at the beginning of class.


The final exam will be on 18 July 2012.

Other Policies


week 1: intro, morphology
18 juneintroduction, overview
knowledge of language
components of a grammar
Lobeck pp. 1–10
19 junedoing grammar: prescriptive and descriptive approachesLobeck pp. 10–18hw1
20 juneintroduction to morphology: free and bound morphs
processes of derivation and inflection
O&D pp. 115–127; 131–135
21 junecompounds and other morphological phenomenaO&D pp. 127–131; 135–142hw2
22 junesyntactic categories:
lexical and grammatical
Lobeck pp. 27–31q1
week 2: syntax overview, N and NP, V and VP
25 juneformal languages, phrase structure rules, recursion
evidence for phrases: movement and pronominalization
Lobeck pp. 31–40; 47–61
26 june
part 2
evidence for phrases cont'd: coordination
nouns: semantic classes, morphology
Lobeck pp. 61–68; 81–85hw3
27 junenoun phrases: Det, Num, Q, PossNP, Wh-DetLobeck pp. 86–96
28 june
verbs: semantics, morphology
inflectional categories of verbs: tense and aspect
Lobeck pp. 109–122 hw4
29 juneverb phrases: negation, question formation, AUXLobeck pp. 130–143q2
week 3: Adj and AdjP, Adv and AdvP
2 july
adjectives: semantics, morphologyLobeck pp. 152–158
3 julyadjective phrases: introducers
adverbs: semantics, morphology
Lobeck pp. 158–166;175–182
4 julyNo class, University holidayhw5
5 julyadverb phrases: positions, subclassesLobeck pp. 182–185
6 julyprepositions: semantics, morphology, introducersLobeck pp. 190–198q3,hw6
week 4: prepositions, clauses
9 julyprepositional phrases: particles, complements, subordinating prepositionsLobeck pp. 198–205
10 july
structure of the clause: subject and predicate
clause types
types of subordinate clauses
Lobeck pp. 215–233hw7
11 julycomplements: subcategorization, subjective, objectiveLobeck pp. 248–254
12 julytypes of complements: Objective, PP, IO
participial, clausal, Wh-
Lobeck pp. 254–259
13 julyarguments vs adjuncts,
practice identifying complement types
Lobeck pp. 261–270q4,hw8
week 5
16 julycourse wrap up, overflow day
17 july[class cancelled] special office hours: 9:15 - 10:45, ART 337 exam review sheet available
18 julyfinal exam