2.1 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: Do you know how traditional grammar rose and developed?

Chapter  2 2.1 Analyze the rise and development of traditional grammar TRADITIONAL GRAMMAR Introduction Just as a tree has roots, the study of language has a beginning- traditional grammar. It is therefore logical to briefly revisit what you have covered so far about traditional grammar before we can proceed to later developments in the linguistic […]

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2.2 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: Can you examine some of the strengths and weaknesses of traditional grammar?

Chapter 2 2.2  Examine the strengths and weaknesses of traditional grammar. STRENGTHS OF TRADITIONAL GRAMMAR The following are among the strong points of traditional grammar: Since it dominated the education system, it improved the students’ writing by making it more systematic and well The prescriptive rules helped to regularize language usage to some extent. Traditional […]

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3.1 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: What does structuralism entail?

Chapter  3 STRUCTURALISM 3.1 Examine the concept of structuralism  Introduction. As we have already seen, traditional grammar has a number of failings. It was in an attempt to address them that Structuralism arose. The form of the word shows that it is derived from the word ‘structure’. The proponents of this school of grammar maintain […]

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3.2 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: What is Immediate Constituent Analysis?

Chapter  3 STRUCTURALISM 3.2 Analyze the concept of immediate constituent analysis and its impact on language. IMMEDIATE CONSTITUENT ANALYSIS (ICA) The goal of ICA is to identify and describe words that are closely related (Immediate constituents). A two-way or binary system is used in dividing up a sentence into decreasing parts called constituents. In syntax, […]

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4.1 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: What is the phrase structure component?

Chapter 4 TRANSFORMATIONAL GENERATIVE GRAMMAR 4.1 Outline the phrase structure component Introduction Various terms have been used to refer to Transformational Generative Grammar among them being: generative grammar, transformational generative grammar and transformational grammar. In the context of this course, we will adopt the term transformational generative grammar because it best reflects the content covered. […]

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6.1 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: What is functional grammar?

Chapter  6 FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR 6.1 Examine the concept of functional grammar in the context of language. Introduction So far, what we presented is formal grammar (traditional grammar, Structuralism and Transformational Generative Grammar). That is, grammar whose central interest is in the structure or form of a language. We now turn to a different kind of […]

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7.1 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: What do we mean by clause as exchange and clause as representation?

Chapter 7 CLAUSE AS EXCHANGE AND CLAUSE AS REPRESENTATION 7.1 Analyze the juxtaposition that is inherent in clause as exchange and clause as representation. Introduction Another level at which the clause is organised is that of exchange. Here, the clause is used to exchange information and is therefore seen as an interactive event involving both […]

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8.1 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: What is generative morphology?

Chapter 8 GENERATIVE MORPHOLOGY 8.1 Analyze the place of generative morphology in language Introduction In this section, we will handle morphology within the framework of generative grammar. Within such a framework, the key question is: “what knowledge does one have regarding the structure of words in a given language?” A generative theory of morphology provides […]

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9.1 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: What are morphemes? Can you identify the different types?

Chapter 9 9.1 Explain morphemes and there place in the English Language BRANCHES OF MORPHOLOGY AND WORD FORMATION PROCESSES Introduction We begin by looking at the branches of morphology before focusing on word formation processes in the next section. Broadly, morphology is divided into two: derivational/lexical and inflectional morphology. This division entails that there are […]

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10.1 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Grammar: Do you Understand Lexical Morphology?

Chapter  10 LEXICAL MORPHOLOGY 10.1 Explain the concept of lexical morphology Introduction Among generative morphologists is a particular group called the lexicalists. Their brand of generative morphology is known as Lexical Morphology. It is so called because it posits that all derivational morphemes should be dealt with in the lexicon. The lexicon not only contains […]

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