A Grammar of English
Revised edition, 2010, Elly van Gelderen
Assignments/exams for Fall 2010-ASU
For fun: Lie vs Lay
Orwell's Politics and the English Language
HW 1 (was due 8 September 2010)
17 September Exam 1
HW 2 (was due 6 October 2010)
20 October Exam 2
HW 3 was due 3 November
9 November Exam 3 (with answers)
and Extra Credit (to be handed out)
Samples of finals; see book pp. 217-221
and some criticism
Some (online) resources and texts from the book for practice,
The list of online resources is not meant to be comprehensive – it couldn’t be - but is meant to provide a few of the resources that are available. Some are just meant to be fun additions, e.g. the extra headlines in chapter 2. Under each chapter, the practice texts from the book are also repeated so that you can use the same text multiple times.
Corpora to use if you want to check a sentence are the free BNC and COCA. The Oxford English Dictionary is unfortunately not available without buying access. Many university libraries have such access, e.g. Arizona State University. You might like to browse some History of English and American Dialect Society sites as well. A page of linguistics resources that I find helpful can be found at Karen Chung's site and then there is a dictionary of slang.
A review of many of the prescriptive rules from a UCLA class; ambiguous headlines from Bucknell, and at `fun with words' and another site. New words can be found at double tongued and the Merriam Webster site. English may be acquiring (have acquired) its millionth word!. Powerpoint for chapter 1 can be found here.
The text analyzer
The text analyzerwill give you a way to get the frequency of words in a text you want. Lists of prepositions are available at the English Club and in Wikipedia and there is a preposition project with 334 prepositions.There is a site that lists 3738 adverbs and isn't even complete (where, why, etc. are missing) and more on adverbs. A powerpoint on lexical categories can be found here and on grammatical categories here. There is also a review of Chapter 2
Nice graph for all the tense and
A list of irregular verbs at: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwesl/egw/verbs.htm and http://www.englishpage.com/irregularverbs/irregularverbs.html.
The rule for -tted or -ted; tricky (at least for me).
Many versions of Frog went a-courting: http://home.earthlink.net/~highying/froggy/froggy.html
Other WEBsites that may be relevant
(last updated October 2010)