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Grammatical accuracy: syntax (W10R)

This second workshop on the subject of grammar examines basic principles of syntax (sentence formation and interaction). Essentially, syntax is responsible for the structural formation and flow of an argument and, if inadequately used, is capable of significant ‘interference’ with the writer’s semantic intent.

In this session you will explore the main aspects of syntax via theoretical models and practical exercises. Written examples will illustrate simple and complex sentence structures, the sequence of tenses, as well as the reasoning behind various syntactic functions. You will explore concepts of sentence coordination and subordination, as well as two specific syntactic combinations, namely hypotaxis and parataxis.

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • be able to consider some frequent syntactic errors, such as run-on sentences
  • have an understanding of syntax as a grammatical tool and its ability to ensure good paragraph construction
  • assess elements of syntax at sentence level
  • have learned types of sentences and how they coordinate
  • have learned syntactic combinations.

Additional information:

Who is it for? All postgraduate research students. To register for this workshop, you must be enrolled on (or recently graduated from) one of the following degrees: PhD, MPhil, Masters by Research, EngD, EdD, professional doctorate.

Is any preparation required? No

Is catering provided? No

Who is the tutor? Dr Mihai Balanescu