Ling 131: Language & Style
Topic 4 (session A) - The grammar of simple sentences > Session overview
|What is/are grammar(s) (for)?|
|Style, meaning and the structure of sentences|
|SPOCA analysis and what it can show|
|Subject manipulation in text|
|SPOCA Self Test|
|Topic 4 'tool' Summary|
What will we learn in this topic?
So far in our exploration of the use of grammar in texts we have looked
In this topic we will explore how these five kinds of phrases are linked together to form simple sentences. We will begin by working with our intuitions, to help show how the ordering of the constituents of simple sentences can be varied to produce deviations (and so foregrounding). But most of our effort in this topic will be focused on understanding how the grammar of simple sentences works, so that we can use this form of analysis later in this topic, and in future topics, to help us describe how meanings and effects can be created using simple sentence grammar.
The simple sentences we discuss in this session can, in turn, be joined
together in various ways to form more complex sentences. When this happens,
the 'simple sentence' parts of the more complex sentences are often referred
to as clauses,
and we will look at some clauses (extracted from more complex sentences
from Ted Hughes's poem 'Esther's Tomcat') in our first main page in this
topic. But we will not deal with the structure
of more complex sentences until a later session in the course.