ENG3-1009 Linguistics 1: English Grammar and Phonetics

Course description for academic year 2021/2022

Contents and structure

Linguistics consists of two parts: grammar and phonetics.

In grammar, special attention will be given to word classes, syntax, and the verbal system. The students will be taught how to analyse English on several different levels (word, phrase, clause). The course builds on the recognition that English and Norwegian differ in some areas and are alike in others. Translation can be used to illustrate differences in grammar.

In phonetics, special attention will be given to speech production and the English consonant/vowel inventory. The students will be given an introduction to English phonetics from a comparative perspective. The students will also be taught how to transcribe words and/or simple sentences.

Learning Outcome


On successful completion of the module, the students should know:

  • the English word classes
  • the structure of English phrases and clauses
  • the English verbal system
  • the rules of grammatical concord in English
  • how the speech organs work
  • the English phonemes and how they differ from the sounds of Norwegian


On successful completion of the module, the students should be able to:

  • use grammatical terminology to account for language usage
  • recognize basic differences between English and Norwegian grammar
  • use the phonemic alphabet (IPA)
  • classify and exemplify English phonemes
  • use relevant terminology to describe English phonemes

General competence

On successful completion of the module, the students should be able to:

  • plan and carry out individual assignments in accordance with ethical requirements and principles
  • articulate ideas and professional standpoints both orally and in written language

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Teaching will primarily consist of lectures and seminars. The course requires systematic work with exercises and active participation in class. The learning platform Canvas will be used to relay information and provide feedback on student work.

Course requirements

An individual assignment which is subject to approval by the lecturer.


An individual four-hour written school exam.

Grading A-F.

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