Date: Thu, 17 Aug 1995 20:07:00 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: help on linguistic terminology
I have only a couple of suggestions regarding grammatical terms.
Rather than "relative clause" why not use the old term "adjective clause"?
Your engineers will know something about adjectives and nouns.
And I don't think English lit majors would cotton to heavy discussion of
"complement" any more than engineers. Work out ways of getting your
engineers to do some problem solving, not just labeling, as they work
with the morass of structures that linguists (but not English lit majors)
As for "phrase" and "clause" point out that a clause has a verb in the
present, past or future tense and a phrase doesn't. Make that the
beginning point. Don't start by talking about "subject and verb." Tense
is the crucial element.
Just some comments off the top of my head. Good luck.