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This course (and its sequel ‘English Grammar II’) develops students’ knowledge of Standard English grammar as a system and linguistic resources, and equipping them with a good understanding of the structural properties of various grammatical subsystems and their functions. To appreciate considerable variation in English usages in different parts of the world, students will be exposed to, and guided to analyze, authentic texts produced by English-L1 and English-L2 countries (e.g. regional English newspapers in Asia). Where possible, the grammatical norms in Standard English will be supplemented by illustrations of salient patterns of deviation in specific varieties of English in the world. The purpose is twofold: while Standard English is important for formal, especially written communication in international settings, systematic deviations may be found in different regional varieties of English due to forces of acculturation, resulting in the indigenization of English in the local, national or regional context.