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Phonetics and Grammar
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Phonetics and Grammar' is a course offered in Fifth Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

To introduce the basics of phonetics and English phonology and to provide grounding in English grammar and mechanics of writing with a view to inculcate good speech and writing skills.

Unit 1

Introduction to phonetics and grammar- Growth and development.

Unit 2

English sound system- Speech mechanism and organs of speech-Classification of SoundsVowels and Consonants- Description- Syllable structure- IPA and RP - Phonology, Phonemes, Allophones, Suprasegmentals-pitch, stress, intonation-transcription.

Unit 3

Syntax- types of sentences-Sentence patterns- Clauses and Phrases-Order of words- Normal and Inverted-Conversion-Concord.

Unit 4

Tense-verb forms-degrees of comparison-articles- Remedial grammar-error identification.

Unit 5

Mechanics of writing-linkers-punctuation-markers-written composition-narrative, descriptive, argumentative etc.

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  2. Syamala,V. A Textbook of English Phonetics and Structure for Indian Students.Trivandrum: Sharath Ganga Publications, 1992.
  3. John, PP. A Text Book of English Grammar.
  4. Jones, Daniel. Pronunciation of English. Forgotten Books, 2017.
  1. Green, David. Contemporary English Grammar Structure and Composition. Macmillan Publishers India Limited, 2000.
  2. Gimson, A C. An English Pronouncing Dictionary.J. M. Dent, 1981.
  3. Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. OUP, 2005.
  4. Palmer, Frank. Grammar.