LING 2710 is an English Grammar course at ECU, and it can sometimes be difficult. The reason for this is that it takes a completely different approach to grammar that students are not used to. However, by the end of the semester, students have a newfound knowledge on English Grammar, and students find what they learned in the course to be pretty cool. Five of these cool ideas are as follows:
1. Descriptivism Vs. Prescriptivism
At the beginning of LING 2710, you will learn all about the difference between prescriptivism and descriptivism. Descriptivism is basically the idea that the vernacular is always grammatical. It is based on the idea that spoken language has been around longer than written language, so there is no way that written language is the only grammatical form of English. Prescriptivism states that the Written Standard is the only grammatical form, and you will find out this is incorrect.
2. What a Noun Actually Is
People typically learn that a noun is a person, place, or thing. However, the professor makes many examples that proves this false. For example, can the word “peace” be a thing? Instead, the professor uses distribution in a sentence to explain what a noun (or any word classification) actually is. Explained further in the next point, words can have more than one word classification, so a “person, place, or thing” can not really classify what a noun is.
3. Distribution vs. Form
A word can have more than one word category but have the same form. For example, colors can be nouns or adjectives. The color purple is a noun in the sentence “Purple is a pretty color.” However, it is an adjective in the sentence “It was a purple fan.” You will learn how distribution of the two words makes the word a different word category.
4. How to Make Grammatical Choices
One of the coolest ideas learned in the LING 2710 class is learning how to make different grammatical choices in your writing and vernacular. After learning about how spoken language is always grammatical and the difference between distribution and form, you will find it a lot easier to write. The class helps you without you even realizing it until you have completed the course!
5. Characteristics of All Human Languages
Although you can Google what different translations of languages are, you will learn the similarities and differences between different languages in LING 2710. This is very unique, and you will realize that all written languages come from the spoken language. You will also learn other neat little ideas about languages, and you will learn that all languages are similar in many ways.
LING 2710 is an amazing course, and you will learn more than you ever thought you would in a course. It is one of the most packed full of content courses, but you do not have to do that much work outside of the class. Pay attention, learn cool ideas, and enjoy the class!