MET workshop: grammar pathway minisession

Parsing the parts of our speech: filling the gaps in our understanding of syntax


This mini-session assumes that many language support professionals – unlike other professionals such as doctors and surgeons – have received little formal training in their subject matter and that their knowledge of the rudiments of language is fragmentary. It also assumes that the more aware we are of the component parts of language, the better equipped we will be to ply our trade. The aim of this session is to briefly lay out the basic parts of speech (nouns, verbs, prepositions, determiners, adverbs, etc.), show how these parts tend to cluster into phrases and clauses, and discuss how groupings can function as modifiers or heads. With the new awareness gained in this workshop, participants will be able to communicate more readily with colleagues and clients (should they need to do so), have a greater understanding of the raw material with which they work (text), and discover the usefulness of style manuals, grammar books and usage guides.

About the facilitator: John Bates is Head of the Language Service of the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona.

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