Crash Course Linguistics 3 (Morphosyntax)

What is grammar?

Week 3’s Crash Course Linguistics video introduces viewers to grammar in the descriptive linguistic sense.

Topics include word order, grammaticality, and constituency. Closed captions are available in English.

Crash Course Linguistics videos provide entertaining overviews of topics without diving too deeply into field-specific terminology. For an introduction to English constituency tests that is more suited to providing testable course content, check out this 11-minute video from TrevTutor. Computer-generated closed captions are available in English.

The 39-minute Lingthusiasm podcast episode A bridge between words and sentences addresses constituency in a fun, conversational way. This episode is available wherever you prefer to find podcasts, and a transcript is available here.

Two problems from the 2013 United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad exam offer practice with related concepts: The long and short of English verbs involves verb arguments and adjuncts, and Yodaspeak examines the unusual syntax of a popular fictional character. Answers for each exercise are available at the end of the linked PDF files.

Finally, see the Resource Guide we shared in the spring for additional videos and activities relevant to teaching constituency.

Coming next week: more resources about syntax!

Liz, Gretchen, and Lauren

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