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The Challenge of Prepositions
Instructor: Anne-Marie Benoit

Note: This seminar will be conducted in French only

Prepositions, those very useful little words in French, are closely linked to meaning (verre à vin / verre de vin) and to syntax (le site dans lequel j’ai trouvé cette information), and can often cause lots of problems. Not only can the same preposition have different meanings (en avion / en papier), but several can mean the same thing (à Québec / chez mes parents). Among other things, their use depends on the other words they are attached to (remplacer ceci par cela / substituer cela à ceci). Happily, dictionaries are a great source of help in choosing the right word. Once the best preposition has been found, you still must take into account the syntactical context of its use, particularly in “coordinations” and in subordinates. Syntactical context is actually just another way of saying grammatical analysis. Other reference books, especially grammar texts, can come to the rescue.

During this training session, theoretical explanations will be interspersed with exercises. These will allow you to better detect errors caused by poor usage of prepositions and to find the solutions needed to correct them.

For more than two decades, Anne-Marie Benoit has been devoted to teaching grammar, typography and editing, mainly at the Université du Québec à Montréal. There, she collaborated on the creation of a bachelor’s degree in editing while working as course coordinator in the Linguistics department. In addition to teaching at the university, she has also given training sessions and lectures about grammar, feminization of texts, modern editing tools, typography… Various publishing houses have also called on her expertise for scientific editing or for evaluating reference works. In retirement since 2015, Madame Benoit continues to fill her time with revising the Ramat de la typographie (she took over from Aurel Ramat in 2012), editing and leading workshops.

Date: Friday, November 25, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location
Centre Saint-Pierre
Room 304 — Marcelin-Champagnat
1212, Panet Street, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 2Y7
Closest subway: Beaudry

Cost
Early registration (on or before November 4):
$80 for Editors Canada student members
$150 for Editors Canada members
$180 for related organizations and non-member students
$210 for non-members

After November 4:
$90 for Editors Canada student members
$180 for Editors Canada members
$210 for related organizations and non-member students
$240 for non-members
Registration closes on November 23, 2016

Seminar Coordinator: Sylvie Collin 

 

 

The Secrets of Syntax
Instructor: Frances Peck

We’ve all flipped a sentence around, or dismantled it and then recombined it, only to find that suddenly it comes to life. Why does that happen, and how can we become more adept at manipulating word order, or syntax, to boost clarity, emphasis, and rhythm? This seminar looks at syntax from various angles, including how to shape it for different kinds of writing and different audiences. Topics covered include subordination and coordination, periodic versus cumulative sentences, proximity of subject and verb, echo words, and special techniques such as ellipsis and isolation.

Date: To be determined
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: (lunch included):
Early registration (on or before deadline date)   
$80 for student members
$150 for Editors Canada members
$180 for related organizations and non-member students
$210 for non-members

After deadline date:   
$90 for student members
$180 for Editors Canada members
$210 for related organizations and non-member students
$240 for non-members
Registration closes on September 29, 2016

Frances Peck 
Editor-writer Frances Peck, CPE (Hon.), has worked with words for over two decades. She prepared the Canadian edition of The St. Martin’s Workbook, a grammar exercise book; co-authored the popular HyperGrammar website; and wrote Peck’s English Pointers, an online collection of articles and quizzes available through the Language Portal of Canada. Frances lives in Vancouver, where she’s a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates and teaches at Douglas College and UBC.

Seminar Coordinator: Dwain Richardson

REGISTER SOON for The Secrets of Syntax!

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