د.عبد الماجد عبد الرحمن عوض الكريم

أستاذ مساعد بقسم اللغة الانجليزية -كلية التربية

Eng 424 TG

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ministry Of Higher Education

Majmaah University

Deanship of Quality assurance

and Human Development

 

 

 

 

  

 

Course Specification

Summary))

 

1433/1434

(1st term)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Transformational Grammar TG, Eng.424, level 8)

 

 

 

Course Specification

Institution : Majma'ah University

College/Department  Department of English/College of Education

A- Course Identification and General Information

1.  Course title and code: Transformational Grammar (Eng 424)

2.  Credit hours:   3 hrs

4.  Name of faculty member responsible for the course

     Abdelmagid A.Rahman (PhD)

5.  Level/year at which this course is offered:  8th level

6.  Co-requisites for this course (if any) (NA)

( Eng 423 Morphology and Syntax is a pre-requisite for this course)

7.  Location if not on main campus(NA)

B- Objectives 

1.  Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course.

      By the end of the course students should be able to:

1. understand the tenets of Chomsky's Linguistics in general and Generative Grammar in more specific terms. This includes both the theoretical bases of the theory(Language Faculty/LADI-Language) as well as the changing Technical Apparatus for representing it (the various versions-ST, EST, GB, MB).

2. Explore the different stages of the theory since its inception in 1957 until its latest forms in   the mid 90s and after (Minimalist Programme).

3. Know the far-reaching impact of Chomsky and his theory on Linguistics and  the interdisciplinary fields such: Biolinguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Brain Science, Political Criticism, etc.

4. Get acquainted with Noam Chomsky's early contact with traditional Arabic Grammar as an       undergraduate(Sibawaihi, Theory of al-'amil , etc.).                

 

C-  Course Description  (Note:  General description in the form to be used for the Bulletin or Handbook should be attached)

1. Topics to be Covered

List of Topics

No of

Weeks

Contacthours

Course Orientation-Introduction to Chomsky's main ideas: Competence, Knowledge of Language, Mental Grammar, Knowledge of Language, Language Faculty, etc.

- Transformational Generative Grammar(TGG): A General Survey

 

3

9

- Universal Grammar/Principles & Parameters(P&P) and X-bar Theory,(Specifier-Complement-Adjunct Rules).(How does connect to Arabic Grammar- Theory of "al'amil"?)

Applications of rules

3

9

Government and Binding Theory(GB), (anaphor-antecedent-c-command,etc)

 

2

6

Minimalist Programme(MP)- replacement of all operations by Merge and Move- ,use of Bare Phrase Structure rules(BPS)-Cognitive Implications(interfaces between PF & SM, LF & & CI)

Applications of rules

 

 

3

9

More applications on X-bar and (GB)

 

2    

    6

Revisions/Tests/Quizzes

2

6

 

2. Course components (total contact hours per semester):                       

Lecture: 30 hrs   

Tutorial:

Laboratory

Practical/Field work/Internship

12hrs

Other:

3hrs-exam /evaluation

 

3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week. (This should be an average :for the semester not a specific requirement in each week)

 

D- E Learning Resources.

 

1. Required Text(s)

1.Larson,Richard(2010). Grammar as Science. MIT Press

2. Radford,Andrew.(1981). Transformational Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press( the book is being published continuously).

2. Essential References :

 Radford, Andrew.(1988). Transformational Grammar Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Radford, Andrew (2009). The English Sentence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

3- Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc) (Attach List)

  All Chomsky's books, articles, interviews and other materials are available at(www.chomsky.ifo)

Jackendoff, Ray.  1997.  The Architecture of the language faculty.  MIT Press, Cambridge.

 

4-.Electronic Materials, Web Sites etc.

www.chomsky.info

www.essex.ac.uk/~radford/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E- Assessment

 

 

Falls into: 1.Course Evaluation(assessing course materials, techniques of teaching and it proceeds)

                   2. Students' Performance Assessment

            1. Course Evaluation: incorporates a set of various methods: individual/class                                                       interviews/discussions-notes-checklists, etc(done several times during the course)

             2. Students' Performance:

              Quizzes                                                                                   5

              Class presentation & seminars                                          5

                Mid-term Test                                                                     20

                 Written Assignments/ Response Papers                      10

                ( if two terms are given, then each one rates 10 marks)

                 Final Exam                                                                          60

                 Total                                                                                    100  

 

 

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