The aim of the module is to develop the tools of syntactic analysis and description that you began to acquire in the first year, and to introduce you to a more formal syntactic framework that will equip you with the theoretical apparatus and the skills to solve syntactic problems.
By the end of this module, students will typically:
Students must have successfully completed:
Two hours per week in Terms 2 and 3.
This module runs for twelve weeks and comprises two obligatory contact hours per week, combining lectures and practical sessions. As well as reading, you will have problems to solve each week, the answers to which you may be asked to present to other members of the class.
The module will offer explanations within generative, mainly minimalist syntactic theory to phenomena covering topics likely to include the following: thematic and grammatical relations, the role of Case in the grammar, C-command, the position in which subjects are merged and 'A' (a.k.a 'NP') movement. Focusing primarily on English, we will look at how empirical facts inform theory and the types of argument used to justify or falsify theoretical claims.
Oral feedback to group and individuals from both instructor and other students in weekly practical class. Model answers presented by students, with further comments and corrections. Opportunity for further individual consultation, including during surgery hours.
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