you are enrolled in English 412 or in an independent study which requires
you to attend English 412, you are welcome to make an appointment to meet
with me, or to drop by my office. I can be reached at <sharris at english dot umass dot edu>
or at 545-6598.
Otherwise, your UMass
course supervisor should be able to offer you help.
a good resource is the Concise
Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics.
there are a number of good introductions, including Fromkin and Rodman, An Introduction to Language; Andrew Radford et al., Linguistics:
An Introduction; or any one of dozens of introductory textbooks you
can find in the library.
For grammar (in
the prescriptive tradition), the standard reference is Quirk and Greenbaum, A Concise Grammar of Contemporary English; other such resources
include Huddleston, English Grammar: An Outline; Wardhaugh, Understanding
For grammar (in the Chomskian tradition), a good introduction is Andrew Radford, Transformational
Grammar; and anything by or about Chomsky (these won't be easy to
for internet resources,
see the Links section.