The Grammar of Spoken English
Classes 1 and 2
- priority of spoken language
- grammar as a psychological construct
- the concept ‘rule of grammar’ (tacit knowledge)
Phonemes of English: consonants and vowels
- phonemic transcription practice
- phonemes and allophones
- phonological processes
- illustrative material from adult English, child language development, other languages
- foreign accents
Classes 3 and 4
Grammar of spoken English
- differences from the grammar of the written language
- illustrative material from plurality, possessives, pronoun reference, intonation …
- principles of word classification (differences from traditional approaches)
- distributional properties
- inflectional properties
- practice exercises
- clause structure and phrase structure
- principles of phrase structure analysis (substitution, clefting, movement)
- practice exercises
- classes and functions
Classes 5 and 6
- Variation theory and methodology
- phonological, grammatical, lexical variation
- illustrative material from Australian English, American English, British English …
- historical and recent studies of Australian English
- diglossic situations, e.g Singapore English
About the tutor:
Bio David Lee
Born – Manchester, UK.
1951 – 1958 Manchester Grammar School, progressively specialized in French, German, English.
1958 – 1961 Christ’s College, Cambridge (Scholar) reading Modern and Mediaeval languages (French, German).
1961 – 1963 Assistant Principal, Administrative Civil Service (War Office).
1963 – 1965 French Teacher, King’s School, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
1965 – 1974 Lecturer in French, Language Centre, University of Kent at Canterbury.
1970 – 1971 Leave of absence from UKC to take a Coursework Masters in Linguistics, University of Essex.
1972 Completed PhD in Linguistics, University of Kent.
1974 – 1976 Lecturer in Linguistics, University College of North Wales, Bangor.
1976 – 2005 Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Linguistics, University of Queensland (Department of English).
Degrees: M.A.(Cantab), M.A. (Essex), PhD (Kent).
Have given courses in linguistics at the University of Bern (Switzerland), Seikei University (Tokyo), James Cook University (2005-6).
Visiting Fellow UCSD (San Diego), 1996.
Author of three books: Language, Children and Society (Harvester, 1986), Competing Discourses (Longman, 1992), Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction (Oxford Univ Press, 2001) plus forty-odd research papers.